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Course Title: Flooding Hazards: Science & Preparedness
Status: This course is currently pending FEMA Certification.
Description:

Flooding hazards can threaten any community in any location in the United States. Flooding can occur over a period of weeks or days, or minutes, thus this course focuses the identification and assessment of hazards due to flooding to enable proper preparedness and response. As flooding is one of the top meteorological killers in the United States, and poses particular hazards to emergency responders, this introduction to recognizing flooding threats is essential for developing safe communities.

Flooding Hazards: Science and Preparedness is an awareness-level, eight-hour course that addresses the current science of the causes of floods (both meteorological and otherwise), flood forecasting, flood risk assessment, and best practices for preparation and mitigation for both short- and long-fuse flooding events. Modules will include instruction on:

  • Factors that contribute to flooding and how these determine flood risk;
  • FEMA flood risk maps and the National Flood Insurance Program;
  • How to read and interpret forecasts, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service and hydrographs from the U.S. Geological Survey; and
  • Proper preparation for sudden flooding, such as flash flooding and dam breaks, and long-fuse flood events such as river flooding.

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 flood scenarios. These activities will illustrate the diverse challenges and complexities that can occur during actual flood events while building participants’ experience and confidence in anticipating, heeding warnings, and responding to floods.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this awareness-level and instructor-led course consists of different of first responders and other stakeholders who respond to flooding events such as:

  • Emergency Management;
  • Emergency Medical Services;
  • Fire Service;
  • Government Administrative;
  • Law Enforcement; and
  • Public Works.
Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different types of flooding hazards based on the meteorological and hydrological conditions and state their distribution across the United States,
  • Access and interpret FEMA flood risk maps for their area,
  • Identify organizations involved in forecasting and monitoring flooding and understand the products they issue,
  • Describe preparedness and mitigation actions to be taken in anticipation of flood events.
Contact Hours: 8
IACET Credits 0.6 Continuing Education Units
Type: Awareness
Prerequisites:

None

Requirements:
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: https://www.firstrespondertraining.gov
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.