Washington State Emergency Management Division


AWR-345 Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Disaster Management

Tuesday, September 10, 2024 to Wednesday, September 11, 2024 (Virtual)

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.


Participants will learn what is covered under UAS regulations, who may operate UAS, what FAA authorization allows, and what the major issues are for UAS integration. The course materials will familiarize participants with the main types and capabilities of rotary and fixed-wing UAS, as well as the types of payloads and missions that generally are best for each with examples of how certain payloads have been or could be used in relevant situations to aid in disaster management.

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; and
  • Create a planning framework for successful UAS program.




Target Audience
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Information Technology
  • Security and Safety
  • Search & Rescue

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8


Virtual Delivery - Snohomish County

Course Manager

Sponsoring Agency: Snohomish County Dept. of Emergency Management

Course Manager:



Krystal Craig

Emergency Management Coordinator


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-345 course HERE