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  • Flood - SW of Newcastle Waters, Northern Territory, Australia

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  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Warrego Rivers, Australia

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  • Flood - Lake Eyre Basin, E of Georgina River, Australia

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  • Flood - SW of Kununurra, Northern Territory and Western Australia, Australia

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  • Flood - Red Basin, Eastern Asia and South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Myanmar and Thailand

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  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

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  • Special Marine - Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, India and Bangladesh

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mae Klong Basin, Myanmar and Thailand

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  • Flood - Penner Basin, India

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  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia and Southern Asia

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  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 97 km ENE of Aras-asan, Philippines

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Aral Sea Basin, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

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  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

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  • Extreme Cold - Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

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  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

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  • Flood - Hingol Basin, NW of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

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  • Flood - SE of Al Wajh, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

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  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran and Iraq

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  • Flood - Po Basin, Italy and San Marino

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  • Flood - W of Oum Hadjer, Batha, Chad

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  • Flood - Rukwa Basin, S of Rungwa River, Tanzania and Zambia

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  • Flood - Merowe, Northern and River Nile, Sudan

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  • Flood - Okavango Basin, Middle Africa, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa

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  • Flood - S of Atoui Basin, Mauritania

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  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

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  • Flood - SE of Massawa, Debub, Eritrea

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  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

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  • Flood - Nile Basin, SW of Atbara River, Eritrea and Sudan

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  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa

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  • Extreme Cold - Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

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  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 75 km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga

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  • Drought - South Korea

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

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  • Floods - Central-Southern Zambia

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  • Floods - Madagascar

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  • Wildfire - N of Rumbek, Lakes, South Sudan

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  • Floods - Puhowato District, Gorontalo Province, Indonesia

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

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  • Storms - Fiji

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  • Blowing Snow - NE of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

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  • Storms - Sri Lanka

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  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Earthquake - 5.0 - south of the Fiji Islands

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Upper North Island, New Zealand

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  • Floods - Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Floods - Manado City, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Manado City, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 14 km SSW of Khowy, Iran

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Yuxi, Yunnan, China

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  • Winter Storm - Central, United States

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  • Flood - E of Kinabatangan Basin, Philippines

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  • Flood - NW of Hechi, Guangxi, China

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  • Storms - Brazil

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  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    4 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Krakatau, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Africa

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Africa

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    6 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drinking Water - SE of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

    1 week ago ADVISORY

  • Cholera - Haiti

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    9 months ago WARNING

Working together to create a Safer World

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global) is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that supports the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide in helping to create a safer, more disaster resilient world. For more than 25 years, we’ve helped our partners enhance disaster management capacity, save lives, and reduce disaster losses through the application of our advanced tools and technologies, evidence-based research, and analytical information.

 

The Center’s DisasterAWARE platform is used by tens of thousands of disaster management professionals—from the senior-level decision maker to the operational practitioner. It provides global multi-hazard early warning, hazard monitoring, and risk intelligence to support rapid and effective disaster response, preparedness, recovery, and mitigation. DisasterAWARE includes the highest resolution all-hazards impact models, advanced analytical reports, and augmented information through artificial intelligence. The system features the largest, scientifically-vetted big data catalog for disaster management decision making in the world—derived in part from PDC’s unique National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment as well as its Global Risk and Vulnerability data.

 

DisasterAWARE provides near real-time analytics about impacts to population, capital, and key infrastructure for multiple hazards, calculating likely humanitarian needs down to a scale of 30 x 30 meters. DisasterAWARE is free to disaster management practitioners and the humanitarian assistance community at https://disasteraware.pdc.org.

 

 Customized versions of DisasterAWARE have been deployed by PDC in locations around the world and are used operationally by national and regional disaster management agencies for all aspects of disaster management.

 

PDC’s mobile app, Disaster Alert, is also free and designed for use by the public as well as disaster managers on-the-go. It offers customizable early warning alerts for any type of natural hazard in any location around the globe. Visit https://disasteralert.pdc.org.

 

In addition to offering advanced decision support technology, PDC is pioneering the scientific application of artificial intelligence for disaster risk reduction through its AI for Humanity™ program. Learn more about these innovations at www.pdc.org/aiforhumanity.
The Center also provides specialized research on a range of topics ranging such as national fragility, national disaster preparedness, women, peace and security, and climate change. PDC also supports disaster preparedness training and exercises.

A brief history of PDC

Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Iniki to the Hawaiian Islands in 1992, Pacific Disaster Center was conceived as a center to improve systems of communication and technology for disaster prevention at home and beyond. PDC now serves a global audience, helping to increase disaster management capacity and embolden more effective decisions, policies, and actions for a safer world.

Our Team

Executive Management

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Ray Shirkhodai is responsible for PDC’s strategic development, market and partnership expansion, and all aspects of the enterprise operation. Serving in information management and senior leadership roles since 1991, Ray first joined PDC in 2002 as the Chief Information Officer before his selection for Executive Director in 2007. During his tenure at PDC, Ray architected PDC’s flagship DisasterAWARE® risk intelligence platform and mobile applications, developed and oversaw strategies for PDC’s expansion into the global hazard and risk reduction markets, and increased the Center’s competitive project revenues, augmenting PDC’s base research and operating budgets. Ray has led the Center’s support of major international disaster relief operations. He has served as a chief technology advisor to regional and national disaster management offices around the world. Ray has written for numerous United Nations publications on analytical software design for risk reduction. He has been an invited keynote speaker, lecturer and participant at many international events focused on technologies for risk reduction and resilience. Ray is on the advisory board of the University of Hawaii Maui College Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University followed by graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at George Mason University.

Ray Shirkhodai

Executive Director

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Chris Chiesa has more than 30 years of experience developing and leading enterprise applications of geospatial information technologies and has been actively involved in disaster management activities for the past two decades. He directs international deployments of PDC’s disaster management decision support DisasterAWARE® platform. Chris has extensive programmatic and institutional experience in the Asia Pacific region. His work has also taken him to Europe, Central and South America, and Africa. In 2005, Chris received Esri’s prestigious Special Achievements in GIS Award in recognition of the Center’s support to the Indian Ocean tsunami response. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BSME, MSNR) and the University of Arizona (MBA).

Chris Chiesa, MS, MBA

Deputy Executive Director

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Dr. Joseph Green is an expert in the practical application of risk information for humanitarian assistance and resilience-building initiatives worldwide. His analytical work spans more than two decades, with specialized focus on the examination of the intersection between social vulnerability, health outcomes, and disaster resilience. Joseph earned his PhD in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to earning his PhD, Joseph earned a master’s degree in medical geography from the University of South Florida and worked as a research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Joseph Green, PhD

Director of Applied Science

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Dr. Erin Hughey is the Director of Global Operation for the Pacific Disaster Center. A recognized leader in global disaster management and disaster risk reduction, Dr. Hughey developed the only operationalized approach to the United Nations Sendai Framework for Action. Known as the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA), this program has been implemented by more than 20 countries worldwide and aids national, regional and international disaster risk reduction initiatives. With a PhD in geography, Dr. Hughey has dedicated her life’s work to the innovation and the application of new science and technology for disaster management—empowering practitioners and senior leadership alike with the tools and information needed to support data-driven decision making.

Erin Hughey, PhD

Director of Global Operations

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Cassie Stelow brings with her more than 10 years of experience in the development and execution of enterprise-wide IT solutions and strategies. She oversees PDC’s data management solutions and was the key architect for transforming the organization’s data services into a single source. Cassie is responsible for the implementation of data governance, adherence to IT standards and the institutionalization of enterprise tools. She holds a Master of Science in Geospatial Information Science and Technology from North Carolina State University.

Cassie Stelow, MS

Acting Director of Information Technology

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Scott Okada is responsible for PDC’s fiscal planning and management in all areas of budgeting, financial analysis, procurement, and business information technology applications. He has experience and training as a financial forecaster, auditor, tax-compliance officer, and report compiler for national and governmental organizations. His experience also includes high-level oversight of human resources management and loss prevention, as well as cash management and cost control functions. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Scott Okada, BBA, MBA

Director of Finance & Administration

Other Staff

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Bear (Bernd) McConnell

Senior Advisor

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Steve Recca has held several security policy positions with the State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. He was Director of the University of Colorado Springs Center for Homeland Security where he managed research programs in civil security, defense-related topics, as well as institutional and government agency collaborative relationships. He is on the Editorial Review Board of four peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent guest lecturer on civil security topics for academic institutions across the United States. Steve holds a Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Steve Recca

Humanitarian Assistance Programs Senior Advisor

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