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.
Hurricane Structure and hazards
- Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
- Hurricane Advisory Products