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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.

AWR-343 Hurricane Awareness is a four-hour, awareness-level course that provides emergency managers, first responders, and community members from 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.

The goals of this course are to enable participants to:

  • Summarize the structure and characteristics of hurricanes and tropical cyclones and their attendant hazards, including high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge;
  • Explain the forecast process and uncertainty associated with predicting hurricane track and intensity;
  • Interpret official forecast and warning products from the National Weather Service; and
  • Use available decision support tools to prepare themselves, their families, and their organizations when hurricanes threaten.

The discussion of these topics will be framed to maximize the safety of first responders and other emergency staff and their ability to respond to and help others.

Key concepts and discussion topics will be reinforced with facilitator-led group activities that utilize real world hurricane scenarios. These activities will illustrate the diverse challenges and complexities that can occur during actual hurricane events while building participants’ experience and confidence in anticipating, heeding warnings, and responding to hurricanes.

Course Modules:

  • Hurricane Structure and hazards
  • Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
  • Hurricane Advisory Products
Target Audience:
  • Emergency Managers;
  • First Responders;
  • Private Sector;
  • Federal, State, local, and tribal governments;
  • Non-Governmental Organizations;
  • Community Organizations; and
  • General Public.
Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Summarize the structure and characteristics of tropical cyclones and associated hazards,
  2. Explain the hurricane forecasting process and the National Weather Service's hurricane advisory system,
  3. 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.