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HAZUS Programs


Below is an overview of the Institute's current HAZUS programs.

Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V)

The Institute independently validates and verifies HAZUS-MH for FEMA.  These efforts establish a baseline accuracy for HAZUS-MH, maximize the quality and functionality, and reduce costs associated with maintaining and enhancing HAZUS-MH.  In conducting these efforts, the Institute evaluates:

  • HAZUS-MH methodology, software, and graphic user interface development for the flood, earthquake, and hurricane models;
  • HAZUS-MH’s auxiliary programs including the CDMS (Comprehensive Data Management System), FIT (Flood Information Tool), and AEBM (Advanced Engineering Building Module);
  • Underlying supporting software (including ArcGIS, Windows, and other Microsoft products); and
  • HAZUS-MH technical and user manuals.

Section 508 Compliance

To enhance utilization of HAZUS-MH, the Institute evaluates HAZUS-MH for compliance to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  This evaluation includes identifying alternative non-software related procedures for accessibility and ensuring that HAZUS-MH revisions do not reduce the level of Section 508 compliance already established.

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