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Course Title: Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

This four-hour awareness-level course provides emergency managers, first responders, and community members across all sectors with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in hurricane science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness. This course enhances the ability of state/local decision-makers to identify and describe the hazards associated with hurricanes and to better prepare for and mitigate the impacts of high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge. This course is presented as an awareness-level course, which means that a successful participant in the course shall be able to identify and recognize the hazards associated with hurricanes and take necessary steps to prepare.

Course Modules:

  • Hurricane Structure and Hazards
  • Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
  • Hurricane Advisory Products

Target Audience:
  • Emergency Managment
  • First Responders
  • Government Administrative
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire Services (FS)
  • Emergnecy Medical Services
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety
  • Public Works
  • Public Health
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Law Enforcement

The target audience for this awareness-level course includes participants across a broad spectrum of the community who need to be aware of the threat of hurricanes and tropical cyclones. In particular, this should be of interest to emergency managers, first responders, small businesses, corporations, federal/state/tribal governments, NGO's, community organizations, and typical households who need to prepare and respond to hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical cyclones.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Summarize the structure and characteristics of tropical cyclones and associated hazards
  • Explain the hurricane forecasting process and the National Weather Service's hurricane advisory system
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the National Weather Service's hurricane advisory products
Contact Hours: 4
APA Credits 3.5 Certification Maintenance
ASFPM Credits 3.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits 0.3 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E/G) Credits 4.0 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.