Georgia Emergency Management Support

GARC and GA logo comboGeorgia Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Association of Regional Commissions

Starting in 2015, Polis began developing a suite of tools that integrate Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) and Parcel data in order to create multiple geospatial data-sets in support of a statewide GIS including a building inventory, land use map, census addresses and attributed parcels.   We also are developing two dozen hazard risk assessments using geospatial tools and locally enhanced exposure and hazard data.  This project will be completed in the Fall of 2016.


GA DNRGeorgia Department of Natural Resources

Between 2015 and 2017, Polis is supporting tasks for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant funded project that will include conducting flood and hurricane risk assessments from climate change induced changes, including sea level rise, for eleven coastal Georgia counties.  This project is being conducted in partnership with the Space Science and Engineering Center, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison


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In February of 2012 The Polis Center initiated a Hazus-MH education program with the objective of empowering state, federal, and local agencies in the state with the skills necessary to use

Hazus-MH in support of emergency management with emphasis on mitigation planning.  As part of this program Polis delivered a total of five introductory through advanced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified Hazus-MH courses. The courses offered under this program applied virtual as well as traditional classroom techniques in order to simultaneously deliver live lectures and instructional support to dozens of participants at three separate locations across the state.

Polis also facilitated multiple focus groups with key stakeholders for the purpose of identifying strategic objectives and collaborative opportunities that will support the implementation of the Hazus-MH technology.  Polis collaborated with the Department of Community Affairs as well as four Georgia counties to create Hazus-MH supported risk assessments.   This process included the development by Polis of processes and tools that empowered the communities to integrate locally developed building, population, and hazard data into the modeling process.

Polis also trained local partners in the process of supporting these and other Georgia communities so that they were positioned to maintain their risk assessments going forward.