Geoinformatics

In 2003, we began working with Indiana counties to develop multi-hazard mitigation plans (MHMPs) to meet the requirements of the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. Since then, we have produced plans for more than 300 risk assessments and multi-hazard mitigation plans in  eight states and one territory (Puerto Rico).

Note how accurately the Hazus analysis (image on right) reflects 2008 historical damage (image on left).

Note how accurately the Hazus analysis (image on right) reflects 2008 historical damage (image on left).

Developing Hazus-MH Risk Assessments

FEMA developed Hazus-MH as a GIS-based software application that conducts scientifically-based loss estimations from natural hazards such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

Our MHMPs include risk assessments that use detailed information on local hazard conditions and local inventories of buildings, critical facilities, and other infrastructure, resulting in accurate assessments of a community’s unique risk to natural and human-induced hazards.

Our plans have been praised by FEMA Region V for the unique community-based process we developed, which engages local stakeholders early and often and analyzes risks using local data. We recognize that the local community has the best data and insight, and we help its agencies enhance, interpret, and transform their knowledge into  information for effective planning.