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On April 1st, 2015 the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will begin to use the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number when submitting your Independent Study (IS) final exam. You must continue to use your SSN or Alternate ID number until April 1st; however, we recommend registering a FEMA SID today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.

IS-271.A: Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk, 2nd Edition

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Course Overview

Note: This course is on a non-federal government website operated by the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education,and Training (COMET).

Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, 2nd Edition provides emergency managers and other decision makers with background information about weather, natural hazards, and preparedness. This module offers web-based content designed to address topics covered in the multi-day Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness course offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS). The module also complements other onsite courses by those agencies. This training module covers:

  • Weather basics
  • Weather forecasting
  • Threats analysis and hazards planning
  • Fact sheets for weather and non-weather-related hazards
  • Warning partnership information
  • Human behavior and community response
  • A desktop exercise allowing you to apply what you've learned

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the basic processes that cause and/or signal hazardous weather
  • List the main weather hazards and factors that determine community risk
  • Describe the basic weather forecasting process and its limitations
  • Discuss various techniques for communicating information about weather hazards
  • Identify the National Weather Service forecast information that is appropriate in various situations
  • Analyze various sources of information about hazards that could threaten your community
  • Develop a hazards plan for use in drills and real-life

Primary Audience

Emergency Managers





Course Length:

9 hours
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Take Final Exam
  • Take Final Exam Online
  • Please note that the IS Program does not accept the FEMA SID when completing your test. Please use your SSN as directed in the test form. Those individuals that do not wish to use their SSN may request an Alternate ID number
  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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