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Course Title: Tsunami Awareness (AWR-217)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Tsunamis are low frequency, high consequence natural hazard events. Tsunamis can cause great loss of life and property damage. This course presents the tsunami hazard, current hazard assessment tools and products, tsunami warning and dissemination of systems, and effective community response and tsunami risk reduction strategies.

This course is designed to enhance the participants’ abilities to support their organizational preparedness and response efforts.  At the conclusion of the course, a scenario-based group activity challenges participants to identify effective actions that help reduce the impacts of a tsunami hazard in their community.

This is an awareness-level course that provides a basic understanding of tsunamis, hazard assessment, warning and dissemination, and community response strategies to effectively reduce tsunami risk. The goal of this course is to enhance the participants' abilities to support their organizational preparedness and response efforts.

Target Audience:
  • Government Administrative

  • Emergency Management

  • Fire Services

  • Law Enforcement

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Hazardous Materials

  • Public Health

  • Citizen/Community Volunteer

  • Private Sector / Corporate Security and Safety

  • Other
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the basics of tsunami science and the tools for tsunami hazard assessment
  • Describe the tsunami warning process
  • Apply tsunami preparedness, mitigation, and response applications to organizational preparedness efforts
  • Through participation in the exercise scenario, apply acquired knowledge to at-risk tsunami communities impacted by a tsunami event
Contact Hours: 8
APA Credits 6.5 Certification Maintenance
ASFPM Credits 6.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits 0.5 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E) Credits 6.5 Emergency Management Training Credit Hours
Type: Awareness

None. No advanced knowledge and experience of tsunamis is required.



Provider: UH-NDPTC
Delivery Method: Instructor Led. If you are interested in having this course delivered in your area, please contact your State Administrative Agency (SAA) through the FEMA Emergency Management System. Step-by-step instructions are available at:
Max Enrollment: 30 - 40 participants
Test Requirements:
  • Pre-test to be completed PRIOR to the course. Assists to assess familiarity with the course subject material.
  • Post test to be completed at completion of course. To receive a FEMA issued Certificate of Completion, a post test score of at least 70% must be obtained.
Costs: The cost of developing and delivering training is covered by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is no cost to the individual for taking the course. we do not cover the cost of travel or lodging to attend training.