With more intense, destructive, and frequent disasters, the need for agencies to develop risk assessments, emergency management processes, and mitigation plans is greater than ever. At the same time, organizations are reducing staff and cutting expenses which provides a challenge in getting multiple staff members trained and up to speed in a timely fashion. Agencies don’t have the flexibility, staff coverage, time, or funds to send staff to out-of-state conferences as quickly and often as they would like. The demand for on-site training is growing because of this but the availability of such services often does not meet the need. In addition, standardized courses sometimes don’t address local circumstances and therefore customized programming is becoming of greater interest.


The Polis Center offers a variety of training and education opportunities in emergency management and disaster mitigation, providing on-site training to make it easier for you. We specialize in the application of geographic information systems tools and methods that support disaster risk assessment and mitigation planning. We also design education programs that reflect the processes and workflows unique to individual communities and organizations.

Disaster Management Training: FEMA’s Hazus-MH Natural Hazard Loss Estimation Tool

The Polis Center has extensive experience in the development and delivery of Hazus-MH education.  Examples include:

  • Designed and offered instruction for multiple FEMA Hazus-MH courses including E190: Introduction to ArcGIS for Emergency Managers, E313: Basic Hazus-MH, E172: Hazus-MH for Floods, E174: Hazus-MH for Earthquakes, E170: Hazus-MH for Hurricanes, E317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus-MH and E296: Using Hazus-MH for Risk Assessment, and E176: Using Hazus-MH for Floodplain Management.
  • Developed multiple virtual Hazus-MH courses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency including Hazus-MH for Decision Makers, Hazus-MH Overview and Installation, Introduction to Hazus-MH to Assess Losses from a Riverine Flood Hazard, Hazus-MH Flood Model Output and Applications, Integrating User Supplied Hazard Data into the Hazus-MH Flood Model, Introduction to Using Hazus-MH for Hurricane Loss Estimation, Introduction to Using Hazus-MH for Earthquake Loss Estimation and Introduction to the Hazus-MH Comprehensive Data Management System.   Each virtual course was developed in collaboration with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and offered thru the ESRI Virtual Campus.
  • Delivered dozens of Hazus-related workshops and presentations in the State of Indiana in support of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Topics include mitigation, response and recovery applications for flood and earthquake hazards.
  • Delivered a series of five Hazus-MH courses in Atlanta, Georgia.  These courses were connected via virtual technologies to two satellite locations in Georgia.  The course series was organized by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs with the goal of providing approximately 40 participants from federal, state and local government as well as academia with the skills necessary to use Hazus-MH in support of Georgia emergency management with emphasis on mitigation planning.

To learn more, contact Kevin Mickey.