Pacific Disaster Center Fostering Disaster Resilient Communities  

Vision & Mission


Building Disaster Resilience and Reducing Disaster Risks

We strive to prevent hazards from becoming disaster, and disaster from becoming crises. We do this by applying science and technology and exchanging knowledge. Our work fosters disaster resilient communities around the globe.

PDC harnesses advances in data collection and observation systems, computing, impact modeling and risk assessment, visualization, and information and communication systems to empower decision makers, disaster management professionals and the public. 

We support disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts worldwide – using a strategy that is consistent with the United Nations’ approach to loss reduction. We deliver near real-time hazards information to the public and improve decision making. This is accomplished by developing collaborative partnerships and using the latest information and communications technology (ICT) and applied science to provide secure access to reliable products and services that help people understand and act upon potential risks and impacts of hazards.

From PDC's Executive Director:

Timing is everything when responding to a disaster. It is so important that the information and analysis we provide are accurate, and that it can be rapidly disseminated and readily used by a decision maker when it is truly needed.

-Ray Shirkhodai, PDC Executive Director