What does the Hazus-MH 2.2 upgrade mean for Canadian users?

Hazus-MH 2.2 was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US on January 12, 2015. This upgrade means that American users who were running Hazus-MH 2.1 need to uninstall their old application and re-install a new one (see info on flyer). The new version runs on ArcGIS 10.2.2 and includes updates to some of the US demographic info and replacement costs.

However, users of Hazus Canada remain unaffected by this change and the Canadian version of Hazus will continue to run on ArcGIS 10.0. The Hazus Canada application (earthquake module), databases and manual are available for download at www.hazuscanada.ca.

The NRCan adaptation team are anticipating the release of Hazus Canada, which includes the new flood module and earthquake module, for spring 2014. This will also be a stand-alone application, independent from the American version of Hazus-MH and will run on ArcGIS 10.0. The new provincial datasets for Hazus Canada are based on the 2011 Statistics Canada geographical boundaries, 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), and 2013 Dun & Bradstreet business and commercial data.

The NRCan project team will continue to work to provide risk assessment tools and methods to Canadian users. There is ongoing communication with FEMA and Hazus is always evolving. NRCan continues to support the use of the existing Hazus Canada application and follow the latest changes in risk assessment methods. For further discussion, join the conversation at the Canadian Hazus User Group by emailing Malaika Ulmi (mulmi@nrcan.gc.ca).

Hazus: Hazus is a standardized GIS-based modelling application for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.