A hazard mitigation workshop was presented at the 2008 Governor's Conference on Emergency Management. The Workshop covered what mitigation is and is not, mitigation planning, mitigation funding programs, and developing a good mitigation application.
WEM annually holds a one-day hazard mitigation planning workshop on the development and update of local hazard mitigation plans. The presentations and handouts can be downloaded here.
After the devastating floods of 2008, it was clear that local governments would be submitting applications for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for acquisition and demolition of flood damaged properties. As a result, WEM conducted a buyout workshop that covered the information required for an acquisition/demolition mitigation application and other state and federal requirements. The presentations and material provide at the workshop can be downloaded here.
As a result of the devastating floods of 2008, the Department of Natural Resources and FEMA conducted a workshop for local officials on substantial damage determinations of flood damaged properties. State and federal regulations as well as local floodplain ordinances require inspection of flood damaged properties. The workshop covered the requirements and a process on damage determinations. The presentation from the workshop can be downloaded here.
Projects submitted for funding through the FEMA mitigation programs must be cost-effective. This requires that a benefit-cost analysis be performed for each project. A presentation regarding FEMA's benefit-cost requirements was presented at the joint 2009 Minnesota Floodplain Management Association and Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater and Coastal Management Conference.
The Hazards U.S. Multi-Hazard (HAZUS-MH) is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that estimates potential losses from earthquakes, hurricane winds, and floods. HAZUS-MH uses state-of-the art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map and display hazard data the results of damage and economic loss estimates for buildings and infrastructure. It also allows users to estimate the impacts of earthquakes, hurricane winds, and floods on populations. Current scientific and engineering knowledge is coupled with the latest GIS technology. Estimating losses is essential to decision-making at all levels of government, providing a basis for development mitigation plans and policies, emergency preparedness, and response and recovery planning.
Potential loss estimates analyzed in HAZUS-MH include physical damage to residential and commercial buildings, schools, critical facilities, and infrastructure; economic loss including lost jobs, business interruptions, repair and reconstruction costs; and social impacts including estimates of shelter requirements, displaced households, and population exposed to scenario floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.
HAZUS-MH can be ordered free-of-charge from FEMA.
To join the Central US HAZUS Users Group CHUG.
To join the HAZUS Users List Serve HAZUSNET.
The report can be downloaded at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2008/5235/.