Washington State Emergency Management Division


AWR-345 Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Disaster Management

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 to Wednesday, January 10, 2024

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Operational Coordination

This course is an introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) use in disaster management, from mitigation and preparedness to response and recovery. It is intended to help participants gain a basic understanding of UAS; learn the general concepts to help an agency build a successful UAS program; learn the importance of engaging the local community; understand the need to ensure that privacy issues, civil rights, and civil liberties are thoroughly addressed; identify when UAS would enhance a disaster mission; and understand the basics of UAS types and sensors. The overall course goal is to provide a basic overview of UAS so that agencies can learn the first steps in determining if UAS are right for their work.

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

Course Objectives

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:


• Explain basic UAS types and component parts

• Explain basic UAS support capabilities in disaster management

• Determine the means to comply with UAS regulations

• Create a planning framework for successful UAS program




Target Audience
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Hazardous Material
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Search & Rescue
  • Public Works
  • Private Sector/Corporate Security
  • Information Technology
  • Safety Professionals

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8
IACET: Units - 0.6


Virtual Delivery - Snohomish County

Course Manager

Sponsoring Agency: Snohomish County Dept. of Emergency Management


Course Manager:



Local POC:

Krystal Craig

Snohomish County DEM

(425) 388-5197


Please apply for this AWR-345 course HERE