Management & Training

MISSION #3: Connect the meteorology and emergency management communities by integrating science into the decision-making process. Train the “whole community” to better prepare for and respond to hazards, risks, and uncertainties via the Hazardous Weather Blog and through formal instruction.


Training senior emergency managers and executives from around the country at the National Emergency Training Center.

Emergency Management & Training Development


As the Weather and Climate Program Coordinator at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), I am tasked with developing and delivering FEMA-certified hazardous weather training courses around the country to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, including emergency managers, first responders, and other professionals in vulnerable communities. As a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, the NDPTC develops and delivers training courses for disaster management and homeland security interests to prepare for and respond to natural hazards across the country, including coastal and island communities.

In May 2013, I served as one of the lead instructors for the FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy‚Äôs course entitled, “Integrating Science into Emergency Management Policies and Decisions.” The course uses the latest in educational technology to train high-level executives in federal, state, and local governments and in the private sector to better understand the role that the physical, social, and policy sciences play in increasing national resilience in the face of natural hazards.

NDPTC uses the latest technology to train emergency managers and executives from around the country. Video courtesy of Kepano Kekuewa and NDPTC.

Mobile, instructor-led training courses are currently under development for specific hazardous weather phenomena, such as thunderstorms and tornadoes, as well as those targeted at specific audiences (e.g., university communities, first responders/EMTs). For a list of courses currently available from the NDPTC, please click here. All NDPTC trainings are free of charge but must be organized through your State Administrative Agency.

In addition to formal instruction, it is crucial to reach the “whole community” by leveraging modern internet technology. Thus, I am maintaining the Hazardous Weather Blog to compile the latest hazardous weather news and developments in the field of meteorology for the sake of cross-community education & training. The primary audience for the blog will be decision makers, emergency managers, first responders, and concerned citizens, so the audience will remain broad. For more information, please read the first entry in the blog.

All of these efforts are in support of the U.S. Federal Government’s National Planning Frameworks, which in turn, are directed by the Presidential Policy Directive 8 on National Preparedness. These frameworks outline the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the “whole community,” because efficient cooperation during the disaster cycle is crucial for building national resilience. Our ultimate goal as a nation is to fulfill the National Preparedness Goal:

“A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”

To this end, the National Preparedness System and its associated frameworks were established.