FEMA Support

FEMAHazus-MH Education and Conference Support, 
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Polis has been responsible for the creation and/or maintenance of each of the Hazus-MH courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since the release of Hazus-MH.  Courses most recently updated by Polis include the E0190 Introduction to ArcGIS for Emergency Managers, E0313 Basic Hazus-MH, E0172 Hazus-MH for Floods, E0174 Hazus-MH for Earthquakes, E0170 Hazus -MH for Hurricanes, E0317 Comprehensive Data Management for HazusMH, E176: Hazus-MH for Floodplain Management, E0296:Using Hazus-MH for Risk Assessment and E0179: Hazus-MH for Disaster Operations courses

In addition, Polis has worked with FEMA and Esri to develop fifteen Hazus-MH courses available thru the Esri Virtual Campus.   Polis has on staff two members who teach at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland where these courses are taught to emergency managers and other practitioners from around the country.  Polis provides instruction at EMI in all Hazus-MH courses. In addition, Polis frequently provides field-based training for FEMA and others within the Hazus user community at locations around the United States and internationally.

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Hazus-MH Independent Validation and Verification Testing

Polis provided Independent Validation and Verification testing support of Hazus-MH under contract to the National Institute of Building Sciences for Hazus-MH Maintenance Release 2 through Hazus-MH 2.0.  Polis continued to support testing of new releases of Hazus-MH under contract to URS Corporation and TetraTech between 2014 and 2016.


risk mapRisk MAP, Demonstration Projects

In 2010, FEMA launched Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessing, Planning), a national program to improve flood-risk data and raise flood-risk awareness. As part of its program launch, FEMA funded approximately 30 demonstration projects—selecting Polis to participate in three—to test and refine Risk MAP concepts and products.

In the first demonstration project, we partnered with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to demonstrate Risk MAP’s “Discovery” phase for the Lower White River watershed in Indiana. We collected and analyzed comprehensive flood-risk data to create a map that highlighted areas of flood concern and then presented the map in community meetings throughout the watershed to documented local feedback. The Discovery map helps communities to determine where to focus more detailed flood studies and analyses.

In the second and third demonstration projects, we partnered with IDNR and Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to demonstrate the next phase of Risk MAP, which included developing flood-risk products, such as multi-frequency flood depth grids and Hazus-MH analyses, for two stream reaches in the Upper White River watershed in Indiana.

Since our demonstration projects, we’ve conducted additional Risk MAP projects in the Middle Wabash-Busseron, Lower Wabash, and Silver Little watersheds.  We also assisted FEMA and IDNR with Resiliency meetings to help communities brainstorm potential mitigation projects to reduce the impact of flooding.