Course Title:Tornado Awareness (AWR-326)
Status:FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States with little or no warning and are capable of causing significant loss of life and billions of dollars in damages.  It is important that every community be prepared by understanding tornadoes and the associated dangers.

This awareness level course helps participants to better understand the basics of tornado science, the weather forecasting process, and the tornado warning process.  Participants will also be better able to implement safety measures for themselves, their families and their organizations in preparation for tornado season.

The goal of this course is to provide participants with the basics of tornado science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness.

Course Modules include:

  • Science of Tornadoes
  • Weather Forecast Process
  • Tornado Warning Process
  • Tornado Safety
Target Audience:
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Services (FS)
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • General Public
  • Governmental Administrative (GA)
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety
  • Public Utilities
  • Public Works
  • Other
Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the current state of tornado science,
  2. Describe the weather forecast process and appreciate its complexities while making decisions in the face of tornado hazards,
  3. State the tornado warning process and associated definitions,
  4. Review procedures to maximize the safety of self, family, and organizations during a tornado
Contact Hours:8
APA Credits6.5 Certification Maintenance
IACET Credits0.6 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E) Credits6.5 Emergency Management Training Credit Hours




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.

Name Version Published
AWR-326 Activity Handout.pdf 1 2021-08-20 12:41
AWR-326 PowerPoint Handout.pdf 1 2021-08-20 12:41
AWR-326_Participant_Guide_09.08.2020.pdf 1 2021-08-20 12:41