"HAZUS provides nationally applicable, standardized methodologies for estimating potential wind, flood, and earthquake losses on a regional basis. HAZUS can be used to conduct loss estimation for floods and earthquakes, and contains a preview model for hurricane loss estimation. The multi-hazard HAZUS is intended for use by local, state, regional officials, and consultants to assist mitigation planning and emergency response and recovery preparedness. For some hazards, HAZUS can also be used to prepare real-time estimates of damages during or following a disaster. The HAZUS Flood Model is for floodplain managers, their contractors, and others who are responsible for protecting citizens and property from the damaging affects of flooding. It is an integrated system for identifying and quantifying flood risks based on state of-the-art analysis. It provides an analytic, decision support tool to help communities make informed decisions regarding land use within their flood prone areas."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/