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Course Title: Coastal Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment Tools
Status: This course is currently pending FEMA Certification.

This one-day performance-level training course provides training on the available tools for the assessment and planning for natural hazards and vulnerabilities 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.


The goal of this course is to enable participants to:

  • Describe the hazards and risks that threaten coastal communities
  • Identify the tools and technologies available to monitor coastal hazards in the coastal environment
  • Leverage the web-based tools available to model and map coastal hazards, including those on NOAA’s Digital Coast
  • Utilize available tools to conduct a vulnerability assessment in their community


As a performance-level course, this course aims to provide a detailed overview of the tools and technologies available to assess the hazards and the vulnerabilities of coastal communities.   These tools include real-time data collection tools and technologies, as well as web-based assessment tools, such as NOAA’s Digital Coast tools.  The course will include a guided exercise in which participants will learn to apply these tools in conducting a vulnerability assessment in their coastal communities.  This course will build on the first course of the series, Coastal Hazards Awareness, by supplementing the awareness knowledge with tools and skills for practical use.

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
Contact Hours: 8
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.