Washington State Emergency Management Division


L0102 Science of Disaster

Monday, October 23, 2023 to Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (In-Person)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Threats and Hazard Identification


This course provides the participants with an overview of scientific principles and concepts that shape our increasingly dangerous world. The contents of the course include the following:


  • Introduction to Science of Disaster provides a definition and benefits of science.
  • Earth Science describes how the Earth's design sets the stage for the world's natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides/sinkholes.
  • Climatology describes the scientific basis of common atmospheric hazards including convective storms, tropical cyclones, and other hazardous weather.
  • Chemical and biological basics identify the scientific basis of chemical and biological threats.
  • Explosive, radiological, and nuclear fundamentals identify the scientific basis of those threats.


The learner must achieve a minimum passing score of 75% on final knowledge assessments or demonstrate mastery on performance assessments or research assignments to earn the IACET CEU.


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

Course Objectives
  • Indicate how earth science principles and processes influence natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, ground failures, and floods.
  • Indicate how climatological principles and processes influence natural hazards, including convective storms, tropical cyclones, nor'easters, winter storms, temperature extremes, and droughts.
  • Indicate how chemical and biological principles and processes influence natural and human-caused hazards and impact society.
  • Indicate the scientific basis for explosive, radiological, and nuclear hazards and their impact on society.
  • Indicate how scientific understanding can improve emergency preparedness.



  • IS 0100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS 120.a. An Introduction to Exercise
  • IS 0200.b. ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS 0230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS 0700.a National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS 0800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction


Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to complete these Independent Study courses.

Target Audience

This course is intended for newly appointed emergency managers from Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and emergency management agencies and prospective professionals transferring from another discipline to emergency management.

Continuing Education

CEC: Units - 12
Contact: Hours - 24
ACE Credit: Lower Division/Associate: Hours - 2


Camp Murray - SEOC
20 Aviation Drive
Building 20
Camp Murray, WA 98430

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Course Manager

Sponsoring Agency: WAEMD

Course Manager:


Alex Joyce

Washington EMD Training Team

(253) 512-7456


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.

Camp Murray Access

This is an in-person class on a secure military facility. If you did not provide the requested information on the registration form, please visit this link to understand your responsibility in order to access Camp Murray. Information can be found here: CAMP MURRAY ACCESS



Application Process

Please note that this is a 2-step registration process. Once you are confirmed by WA EMD, you will complete registration through FEMA's National Emergency Training Center (NETC) on the first day of the course.


To apply, please click the registration button: