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Course Title: Tornado Awareness (AWR-326)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States with little or no warning and are capable of causing significant loss of life and billions of dollars in damages.  It is important that every community be prepared by understanding tornadoes and the associated dangers.

This course will prepare participants to understand the basics of tornado science, the weather forecasting process, the tornado warning process, and the fundamentals of tornado safety and preparedness. Multiple core capabilities will be addressed, with particular emphasis on "public information and warning" and "threats and hazard identification. Participants will be better able to implement safety measures for themselves, their families and their organizations in preparation for tornado season.



  • Weather Forecasting Process
  • Tornado Warning Process


Target Audience:
  • Emergency Management
  • Government Administrative
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Planners/Developers
  • Fire Services (FS)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security/Safety
  • Public Utilities/Public Health
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Non-Government Organizations
  • Other
Learning Objectives:


  • Appreciate the complexities of the tornado forecast process, including current strengths and weaknesses, so that they may be able to make better informed decisions when severe weather threatens
  • Interpret official tornado and severe weather watches and warnings from the National Weather Service
Contact Hours: 8
APA Credits 6.5 Certification Maintenance
IACET Credits 0.6 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E) Credits 6.5 Emergency Management Training Credit Hours
Type: Awareness




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.