"The purpose of this report is to document both the progress and utilization of HAZUS during FY 2004. As with all other organizational elements of DHS, FEMA is adopting and implementing the principles of performance-based budgeting and program management. While FEMA has made a significant investment in HAZUS to date, it is essential that future investment be carefully weighed against other priorities and needs to ensure that future investments are wisely made. Before making any future investments, it is essential to determine the progress made in delivering the HAZUS initiative and the extent to which our customers are making productive use of the HAZUS products released to date. HAZUS products not only include application software, but also support a wide variety of efforts related to publications, training, user groups, and technical support. This report is the first annual utilization and program report on HAZUS. As such, this initial report documents the extensive use of HAZUS and serves as a baseline from which future progress can be measured in FY 2005, and beyond. [...] FY 2004 was a significant year for HAZUS. In March 2004, FEMA publicly released HAZUS-MH, a powerful risk assessment software program for analyzing potential losses from floods, hurricane winds, and earthquakes. This report documents a number of other significant accomplishments that occurred throughout FY 2004."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):http://www.fema.gov