Alaska Volcano Observatory joins up with FEMA to host course at GI on Feb. 16 -17

February 14, 2012

Workshop description: 

This day-and-a-half awareness-level course will provide participants with an understanding of the complex factors that influence volcanic crises: the hazards, vulnerabilities, impacts, and risks and the tools and processes that support monitoring, forecasts, warnings, preparedness, mitigation, and response. This course enhances the abilities of participants to support their organizations’ preparedness and response efforts for future volcanic crises. It provides an understanding of the processes, impacts and causes of volcanic hazards; current monitoring and hazard assessment tools and products; volcano warning and dissemination systems and methods; and, community response to eruptions and volcanic crises. Participants will come to understand how organizational preparedness and community-level planning support mitigation of volcanic hazards.


Who should take this course:

This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, fire services, hazardous material personnel, planners, public utilities, public health, private business and municipal services. 


Modules that will be covered:

  • Hazards and impacts
  • The Pulse of the volcano
  • Case studies of crisis events
  • Awareness and preparedness 
  • Eruption Scenario


Course Delivery:

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 17, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Location and Details:

Geophysical Institute 

University of Alaska Fairbanks

903 Koyukuk Drive

Fairbanks, AK 99775


For Registration:

Please visit the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center website.



Peter Webley (



Alaska Volcano Observatory

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency