Hazus-MH Training (free) in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund to supplement Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery allocation following two presidentially declared disasters in 2008*. These funds will be used for activities and products to assist local governments in preparing for future disaster mitigation and resilience. Two key components are to increase disaster mitigation education and awareness and to enhance consistency amongst various required planning documents.

HAZUS-MH is a powerful risk assessment software program for analyzing potential losses from floods, hurricane winds and earthquakes. In HAZUS-MH, current scientific and engineering knowledge is coupled with the latest geographic information systems (GIS) technology to produce estimates of hazard-related damage before, or after, a disaster occurs. This program will directly support FEMA’s Risk Map, or Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning program that will provide an integrated statewide and national assessment of flooding risks based on digital flood hazard data and web-accessible data. This information will enable Georgia communities to develop mitigation plans and make informed risk management decisions that maximize loss reduction.

DCA, in partnership with FEMA and GEMA, will be providing a unique opportunity for your professional development and FEMA certification by presenting a series of FEMA-certified training courses to build competency in hazard mitigation planning for local governments and Regional Commissions. Students completing this training series will receive double FEMA certification as HAZUS Professionals and as HAZUS Practitioners. Training will be provided at DCA and at multiple remote training sites, participating via teleconference, and with remote training site assistants.

Class will be held simultaneously in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah. We have a few seats remaining for the two classes next week. The classes are free.

Please register at http://www.georgiaplanning.com/DSS/Hazustrain/ to reserve your opportunity to receive this FEMA-certified training for hazard mitigation planning.

*If you work for one of the local governments in the following counties (Bartow, Burke, Carroll, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Emanuel, Floyd, Fulton, Glynn, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, McIntosh, Polk, Treutlen, Twiggs, or Wilkinson), travel and/or lodging expenses may be reimbursable. Please inquire ask for details.




IS318: Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Governments

12-hour Web-based independent study to be completed before March 26, 2012


E190: ArcGIS for Emergency Managers (2.5 days)
E313: Basic Hazus-MH (2.5 days)

Monday, March 26, 2012 to
Friday, March 30, 2012

E172: Hazus-MH for Flood (3.5 days)
Strategic Focus Group Meeting (1/2 day)

Monday, April 16, 2012 to
Thursday, April 20, 2012

E170: Hazus-MH for Hurricanes (3.5 days)

Monday, May 21, 2012 to
Thursday, May 24, 2012

E317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus-MH (3.5 days)

Monday, August 20, 2012 to
Thursday, August 23, 2012

E296: Using Hazus-MH for Risk Assessment (3.5 days)

Monday, September 24, 2012 to

Thursday, September 26, 2012