Late last month, FEMA announced it had released its latest version of HAZUS-MH. According to the news release, significant new features incorporated into HAZUS-MH 2.1 include:
- Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) Service Pack 1, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 compatibility,
- ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 2 compatibility (currently runs under Service Pack 3 but is not 100% certified),
- Underlying database engine upgraded to SQL Server Express 2008 R2,
- Greater consistency in the user interface menu options for the earthquake, flood and hurricane modules,
- New damage and loss of use functions for hospitals, schools, and fire stations in the Essential Facilities portion of the hurricane module,
- Windfields updated for several category 4 and 5 historical storms in the hurricane module,
- Forecast/advisories disabled if issued more than 24 hours before the expected time of landfall for the Coastal Surge analysis capability,
- Flood module Average Annualized Loss (AAL) analysis feature reactivated, and
- Much, much more.
HAZUS-MH can be ordered online, free-of-charge through FEMA's Map Service Center (MSC) Web Store (use the HAZUS link found under "Products"). Alternately, proceed directly to the order page by using the link below:
Comment: HAZUS-MH is one of the world's first user developed pieces of geospatial software that supports the Emergency Services Sector. If flooding, earthquakes, or hurricanes might be in your future, you owe it to yourself to learn about this FREE software. Note: An update to the HAZUS-MH Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS) companion software was released at about the same time as HAZUS 2.1. Go here for more information and links to order CDMS.