Course Title:Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343)
Status:FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Hurricanes are among the deadliest and costliest of natural disasters. This course will provide a basic understanding of hurricane science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness to help emergency managers, responders, government administrators, and community members make better, more informed decisions in hurricane planning and preparedness.
The course enhances the ability of participants to identify and describe the conditions of tropical cyclone formation, provide official watch and warning definitions and to make recommendations in preparation for a hurricane and the associated hazards such as high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge.

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

Course Modules:

  • Hurricane Structure and hazards
  • Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
  • Hurricane Advisory Products
Target Audience:
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hazardous Material
  • Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works
  • Security and Safety
Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Summarize the structure and characteristics of tropical cyclones and associated hazards,
  2. Explain the hurricane forecasting process and the National Weather Service's hurricane advisory system,

  3. Demonstrate comprehension of the National Weather Service's hurricane advisory products

Contact Hours:4
APA Credits3.5 Certification Maintenance
ASFPM Credits3.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits0.3 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E/G) Credits4.0 Emergency/General 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-343 PowerPoint Handout.pdf 1 2021-04-15 13:00
AWR-343_Hurricane_Awareness_PG.pdf 1 2021-01-31 16:08
AWR-343_Practical Exercise.pdf 1 2021-04-15 13:00
AWR-343_Supplemental Handout.pdf 1 2021-04-15 13:00