Washington State Emergency Management Division


AWR-217 Tsunami Awareness

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 - Wednesday, August 14, 2024 (Virtual)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Primary Core Capability: Public Information and Warning

This course enhances the participants’ abilities to support their organizations’ tsunami preparedness and response efforts. It provides participants with an understanding of: The tsunami hazard, current hazard assessment tools and products, tsunami warning and dissemination systems and methods and methods of community response to local and distant tsunamis. At the conclusion of each module, students will participate in a facilitator-led scenario-based group activity that challenges them to identify effective actions that will reduce the impact of a tsunami in their communities. In these activities, participants apply their knowledge of the presented materials to actual tsunami preparedness, mitigation, and response issues. Through these exercises, participants come to understand how organizational preparedness and community-level planning tools support tsunami preparedness.

For additional course information, including contact hours, please see the National Preparedness Catalog.

Course Objectives

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


• Explain the basics of tsunami science and the tools for tsunami hazard assessment

• Describe the tsunami alert and warning process

• Apply tsunami tools, methodology, and processes to improve organizational tsunami preparedness and response efforts

• Apply their knowledge of materials covered in Modules 2 through 4 to at-risk tsunami communities impacted by a tsunami event

• Describe the tsunami warning process and the importance of drills



Target Audience
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Hazardous Material
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Works
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Security and Safety
  • Transportation

Continuing Education
IACET: Units - 0.6

Virtual Delivery - Snohomish County

Course Manager

Course Manager:

Krystal Craig

(425) 388-5197


Please let us know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.


Please apply for this AWR-217 course HERE