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PDC Supports Exercise to Improve Foreign Disaster Assistance


April 21, 2015


PDC supported Exercise Nine Innings 2015 by helping to create situational awareness products, such as the one featured above, for use during the simulation of an 8.5M earthquake off the coast of Mindanao, Phililppines. 

An exercise is underway that aims to advance United States Government (USG) coordination and response following a natural disaster impacting a foreign partner nation. The exercise, called “Nine Innings 2015,” is taking place in Quantico, Virginia, from April 20 to 23. Nine Innings brings together approximately 200 participants, and immerses them in a simulation involving a Magnitude 8.5 earthquake off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines, to which they will respond. U.S. and foreign governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are collaborating to identify potential capability gaps, and further clarify roles and responsibilities during this event which is designed to exceed the ability of the partner nation to respond.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) supported the scenario development, as well as providing on-site support through the use of PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform, which supplies participants with early warning, enables them to view and exchange critical updates and information as the scenario progresses, and facilitates communication among the various responding agencies and organizations, providing a common operating picture.

PDC’s EXERCISE EMOPS system simulated the 8.5M earthquake in real time and provided access to various situational awareness products for participants.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and Marine Corps University (MCU) and includes representatives and support from U.S. Department of State, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Department of Homeland Security, United States Pacific Command (PACOM), U.S. Institute Peace, International Committee of the Red Cross, InterAction, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA), University of Texas at Austin, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and other associated organizations.

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

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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 DisasterAWARE 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.