Training & Capacity Building
Training Course Design & Development
Sobis training development staff have experience developing material for FEMA, NOAA, DHS, SBA, international organizations, universities, States, local governments, and the private sector. Our subject matter experts work with our instructional design experts to create material that is clear and focused for technically challenging subjects. Our training creation usually involves developing hands-on exercises and activities that complement the lecture.
Sobis was the lead developer of the Hazus Advanced Course (E0177) for FEMA’s National Hazard Risk Assessment Program. Under this task, Sobis personnel developed lecture material, exercises, and a capstone exercise for advanced applications of the software including inventory, earthquake, flood, hurricane, and tsunami sections.
Training & Workshop Facilitation
Many of our technical experts have experience with facilitation and training. This experience includes facilitating hazard mitigation meetings with jurisdictions, state experts, and the general public. They have also developed training materials for risk assessment, mitigation planning, flood response, climate change adaptation, and GIS concepts for a wide range of clients including training material on hazard risk assessment and mitigation for Virginia small businesses.
Sobis trainers are authorized to teach all the Hazus courses for FEMA at the Emergency Management Institute. These include:
- E0313: Basic Hazus
- E0174: Hazus for Earthquake and Tsunami
- E0172: Hazus for Flood
- E0170: Hazus for Hurricane
- E0317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus
- E0179: Application of Hazus for Disaster Operations
- E0177: Advanced Hazus
Sobis supported the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment with developing workshops for flood preparedness in the District. Sobis worked with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), DC Water and Sewer Authority, Department of Public Works (DPW), Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), NOAA, General Services Administration (GSA), US Army – Ft. McNair, US Navy – Joint Base Anacostia/Bolling, DC Department of Transportation, and the Army Corps of Engineers, among others to bring together expert stakeholders and their plans to ensure a cohesive plan for flood response.
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