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Course Title: Winter Weather Hazards: Science and Preparedness (AWR-331)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

This is a Eight-hour awareness-level course to provide emergency managers, first responders, and community members across all sectors with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in winter weather science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness.

This course will prepare participants to understand the basics of winter weather science, the winter weather forecasting process, how winter weather forecasts are communicated, and the fundamentals of winter weather safety and preparedness. Since winter storms can strike every state in the United States, it is important that every community be ready for the hazards associated with them. This awareness-level course will fulfull the goals of the "whole community" approach to emergency management by reaching a broad sector of the community. Multiple core capabilities will be addressed, with particular emphasis on "public information and warning" and "threats and hazard identification."

Course Modules:

  • Science of Winter Weather
  • Winter Weather Forecasting Process
  • Winter Weather Warning Process and Safety
  • Winter Storm Scenario
Target Audience:
  • Emergency Managment
  • First Responders
  • Government Administrative
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire Services
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security/Safety
  • Public Works
  • Public Health
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Non-Government Organizations
Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current state of winter weather science
  • Participate in a forecasting exercise
  • Recognize the organizations involved in forecasting winter weather, associated winter weather definitions, and strategies to prepare for winter weather impacts.
  • Analyze a forecast and discuss key decision points during a winter storm scenario
Contact Hours: 8
APA Credits 6.5 Certification Maintenance
IACET Credits 0.6 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E/G) Credits 8.0 Emergency/General 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.