Skip Navigation 
NOAA logo - Click to go to the NOAA homepage National Weather Service   NWS logo - Click to go to the NWS homepage
Training Center

Course Description

Course: DSS01 - IDSS Deployment Boot Camp

Type of Course: Blended course integrating online course prerequisites and 3.5 days in residence at the NWSTC

Target Audience: NWS personnel who will be deployed to an incident or emergency operations center to provide on-site weather support

Course Description: This course provides knowledge and skills necessary for NWS personnel to successfully provide on-site support for high impact events. Emphasis is placed on risk communication, interaction with the media, delivering effective and appropriate briefings, and operating successfully within the Incident Command System.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify keys to effective decision support services
  2. Coordinate with decision makers using risk communication concepts
  3. Identify basics of human communications
  4. Develop and deliver effective briefings and presentations
  5. Communicate our message via media interviews
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in performing tasks necessary for effective on-site Decision Support

Required Pre-requisites: Specific course requirements and materials will be provided to participants with the selection letter approximately six weeks before the course. The non-residence segment of this course begins after receiving the selection letter. Non-residence prerequisite work includes: (time estimates in parenthesis):

  • Completion of IS-100: Introduction to ICS (three hours)
  • Completion of IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (three hours)
  • Completion of IS-700: Introduction to NIMS (three hours)
  • Completing the Media Training course on the NOAA Learn Center (two hours)

Optional, but Recommended Review: None

Eligible Non-NWS Personnel: This course currently accepts only NWS employees.


  • Jeffrey Zeltwanger

Class dates:

Travel/Acct. info:

    US Dept of Commerce
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    National Weather Service Training Center
    7220 N.W. 101st Terr.
    Kansas City, M0 64153
Information Quality
Privacy Policy
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
About Us
Career Opportunities
     Page last Modified: 12 July, 2017 1:29 PM