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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Arkansas Tech University Uses Hazus-MH for Mitigation & Business Continuity Planning   [open pdf - 32KB]

"Jessica Lowther, Arkansas Tech University (ATU) graduate student, conducted research for the purpose of encouraging the use of Hazus-MH [multi-hazard] for mitigation and continuity of operations planning as well as aiding the state of Arkansas in a better understanding of the threat of tornadoes across the state. Ms. Lowther conducted a comparative analysis between the default data supplied by Hazus-MH and the user-supplied building and inventory data for a tornado at ATU. Her research asked the question, 'Is an organization-specific building inventory data (termed as user-supplied or Level 2) necessary for planning for its survival and continuity of operations after a disaster, or is Level 1 default data sufficient?' In other words, will the quality and quantity of the data and the microanalysis of this user-supplied data greatly impact the hazard modeling results to reasonably advocate its collection and input into the model? The ATU tornado models illustrated that including user-supplied data allows for more precise results and, therefore, better planning. This research confirms the importance of hazard modeling and continuity of operations planning. This research confirms the importance of hazard modeling and continuity of operations planning. The image shows the ATU Hazus-MH Level 2 tornado map. This research was made possible by a partnership with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and ATU. Each organization contributed Level 2 user-supplied data sets for input into Hazus-MH. This research was conducted simultaneously to the formation of the Arkansas Hazus User Group."

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