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Moving America Forward Award Presented to PDC

October 1, 2015

PDC Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai and MAF Host William Shatner discuss the achievements of the Center during a televised award presentation and interview.

Moving America Forward is a national television series that celebrates achievements and contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs across America. Hosted by William Shatner and anchored by Doug Llewelyn, the series recently recognized the work of the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), and presented the prestigious “Moving America Forward Award” to Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai.

This award has previously been presented to Nobel Prize laureates, government and corporate leaders, businesses, and professional organizations that exemplify America’s best.

As part of the award presentation, Llewelyn interviewed Shirkhodai and discussed how PDC technology helps first responders, governments, and the general public get the critical information they need to better prepare for and react quickly to hazards, helping to prevent catastrophic loss of life.

The full interview, which aired nationally September 27 on BizTV networks, covered PDC’s work in reducing the risk of disaster, working with nations all over the world.

The interview also highlights PDC’s web-based DisasterAWARE platform and the Disaster Alert mobile app both of which are used for disaster monitoring and are available to the public free of charge. The applications display global hazards in near real time, and provide access to other useful reports and information that can help the decision-making process, and help keep the users’ communities safe.

The MAF Award presented by Doug Llewelyn to PDC’s Ray Shirkhodai.

Shirkhodai credited the unique, dedicated, and multidisciplinary staff at PDC for the success of the Center. The award recognizes the Center as among the “best of the best” in innovation.

More from Pacific Disaster Center

To keep yourself up-to-the-minute about hazards and disasters:

For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.

While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.

For more information on DisasterAWARETM products:

  • For details, see the Training Guide for Web-accessible Disaster Alert,
  • Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
  • Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.

About PDC:

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.