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Course Title: Coastal Hazards Awareness (AWR-379)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

This one-day awareness-level training course aims to increase the awareness of the hazards facing coastal communities and basic strategies to reduce the risk to those hazards.  This course provides training on the basic science of, assessment of, and preparedness for natural hazards and risks that uniquely affect coastal communities. Examples of these hazards are short term events such as high surf, storm surge, and tsunami inundation, or long term threats from sea level rise and coastal erosion.

As an awareness-level course, this course aims to provide participants a general understanding of the risks associated with coastal hazards, introduce methods of assessing that risk, and describe tools to help prepare for, plan for, and reduce those risks to coastal communities.

Course Modules:

  • Coastal Hazards and Risk
  • Coastal Hazard Information and Warning Products
  • The Coastal Zone and Vulnerability
  • Adapting to Coastal Hazards
Target Audience:
  • Government Administrative
    • Government Officials
    • Planners and Developers
    • Coastal Zone Managers
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety
  • Security and Safety
  • Public Works
  • Education
  • Citizens/Community Volunteer
  • General Public
Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the hazards and impacts that threaten coastal communities
  • Identify information and warning products describing the risk of coastal hazards in their communities
  • Describe important characteristics of the coastal zone that contribute to vulnerability
  • Identify possible coastal adaptation options in their community
Contact Hours: 8
APA Credits 6.5 Certification Maintenance
ASFPM Credits 6.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits 0.6 Continuing Education Units
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.