Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

I’m spending the week at the Emergency Management Institute in Maryland. EMI is the national emergency training center for FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration. It’s a beautiful campus located in Emitsburg, just a few miles from Gettysburg, PA. This is my first visit to Maryland since my old punk band played in Baltimore in July 2000.

Emergency Management Institute - 4My training is focused on using a GIS based program titled HAZUS-MH to analyze spatial data and use it to inform the development of a risk assessment in a hazard mitigation plan. HAZUS takes in the building inventory, including location data and building costs, runs a model depending on the type of hazard and its intensity/location, and provides an analysis of what damages may occur or people injured. It’s a powerful program with a variety of uses in emergency management.