HAZUS-MH, is a nationally applicable standardized methodology and software|
program that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes,
floods, and hurricane winds. HAZUS-MH was developed by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) under contract with the National Institute of Building
Sciences (NIBS). NIBS maintains committees of wind, flood, earthquake and
software experts to provide technical oversight and guidance to HAZUS-MH
development. Loss estimates produced by HAZUS-MH are based on current
scientific and engineering knowledge of the effects of hurricane winds, floods,
and earthquakes. Estimating losses is essential to decision-making at all
levels of government, providing a basis for developing mitigation plans and
policies, emergency preparedness, and response and recovery planning.
HAZUS-MH uses state-of-the-art geographic information system (GIS) software to
map and display hazard data and the results of damage and economic loss
estimates for buildings and infrastructure. It also allows users to estimate
the impacts of hurricane winds, floods, and earthquakes on populations.
HAZUS-MH will be fast-running to facilitate use in real time to support
response and recovery following a natural disaster.