FEMA Training Webinar on RAPT – June 9, 2020

FEMA Releases Hurricane and other Severe Weather Forecast Layers for Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool


FEMA’s National Integration Center and the National Weather Service will host a 60-minute training webinar to provide additional background on RAPT, demonstrate how to use the severe weather outlook and visualization tools, and answer questions from RAPT users. This webinar is open to all.

Tuesday June 9, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET – Real-time captioning will be available.


In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) National Weather Service, FEMA has added several real-time weather-forecast layers to the Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT). RAPT is a geographic information system (GIS) web-map tool with clickable layers of community resilience indicators, infrastructure locations, and hazard data. The new layers will allow real-time five-day Tropical Cyclone/Hurricane Outlook, eight-day Severe Weather Convective Outlook, three-day Excessive Rainfall Outlook, and a Significant River Flooding Outlook.

By combining layers in RAPT, users can identify the at-risk populations (e.g. over age 65, disability, lack of access to a vehicle) and infrastructure, such as hospitals, nursing homes, mobile home parks, and public schools, within the area of forecasted severe weather to inform the implementation of emergency plans and public messaging. Jurisdictions at all levels, other federal agencies, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations can use RAPT to inform strategies for preparedness, response and recovery.

In addition, FEMA has added census tract data to enable a more granular analysis of community resilience indicators, and new tools that allow users to identify infrastructure within a defined area and calculate population counts. FEMA has also created new RAPT video tutorials – a one-hour overview webinar and nine How-To tutorials on specific features and functions, such as the Incident Analysis Tool and the Select Population Summary that calculates the population of individuals with specific indicator characteristics in selected census tracts.

FEMA’s National Integration Center and the National Weather Service will host a 60-minute training webinar to provide additional background on RAPT, demonstrate how to use the severe weather outlook and visualization tools, and answer questions from RAPT users. This webinar is open to all.

Please join us on June 9! Real-time captioning will be available.

Tuesday June 9, 2-3 p.m. ET

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