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EM360 Hurricane Planning Course


This course was released by FEMA in 1999.

This course has been designed to provide State and local hurricane response planners with the latest methods, techniques, and "lessons learned" for developing and revising their hurricane plans and procedures.

As you work through the hurricane planning process, you will realize that:

  • Hurricanes have very predictable consequences.
  • There is a wealth of information available to help your planning and decisionmaking.

However, there remains a number of uncertainties associated with hurricane forecasting and the response of both decisionmakers and the public at risk. The challenge for planners is to integrate the certain with the uncertain into a response system that acts based on the best information available.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate hurricane advisory products issued by the NWS to determine the level of threat a storm may pose for their communities.
  • Explain the limitations and uncertainties in forecasting hurricane intensity, forward speed, and direction.
  • Apply technical information from Hurricane Evacuation Studies and other sources to developing and revising their hurricane plans and procedures.
  • Determine when to initiate response actions before and after a storm.
  • Develop a hurricane response schedule as a guide for time-phased priority response actions.

Recommended Audience:

The primary audience for this course is State and local emergency planners with current or potential responsibilities for hurricane planning, pre-storm preparation, evacuations, and post-storm response operations. Others who may benefit from this course include:

  • EOC logistics personnel.
  • Other agency planning personnel.
  • Representatives from local and volunteer agencies who are responsible for operating shelters and refuges of last resort.

Participation in this course assumes some familiarity with emergency planning and response but does not assume a background in meteorology. This course also includes exercises that you should incorporate into the training.

There are seven units, three exercises and four appendices in this course. The course files are approximately one megabyte each for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is em360.exe and em360appendices.exe. Graphics may not be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations.

Upon receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep them as a paper reference.

The test is taken online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.


The final exam is 30 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.

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