Introduction to Hurricane Preparedness is jointly sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. The annual week-long course targets local and state personnel responsible for hurricane mitigation and response in courses which include hurricane meteorology, hurricane hazards and hurricane planning activities.
Three training cycles are offered annually to emergency managers from the Gulf coastal states (Texas to Florida), Southeast coastal states (Florida to Virginia), and Northeast coastal states (Maryland to Maine). FEMA also conducts an annual two-day workshop at the privately sponsored National Hurricane Conference. The workshop shares the same general goals, objectives and teaching staff as the Introduction to Hurricane Preparedness course.