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Reduce disaster risk. Step into a safer world.

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We help prevent hazards from becoming disasters and disasters from becoming catastrophes.

For more than 20 years, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) has supported the most demanding government customers and nonprofits worldwide, sharing in the mission to save lives and reduce disaster risk. As an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii, we are continuously developing new technologies and best practices to help our many global partners effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. We work side by side with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and humanitarian relief organizations to conduct baseline risk and national disaster preparedness assessments, create mitigation strategies, support training and exercises, and to implement our powerful DisasterAWARE® technology. DisasterAWARE provides global risk intelligence, early warning, and largest collection of global, scientifically verified geospatial data and modeling tools for assessing risk and hazard impacts. 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 safety at home and beyond. PDC now serves a global audience, helping to increase disaster management capacity and emboldening effective decisions, policies, and actions for a safer world.

Our organization and approach

PDC is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that provides the most reliable information, ground-breaking research, applied scientific practices, and its powerful disaster risk intelligence platform, DisasterAWARE to empower disaster management decision makers and the public. We support disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery worldwide—using strategies that are consistent with the United Nations’ approach to disaster risk reduction.

Mission: Reduce disaster risk. Vision: Safer world.

A brief history of PDC

2019

PDC featured speaker at AI conference

PDC’s Executive Director, Ray Shirkhodai, discussed the role of AI at the ASEAN Workshop on Disaster Reporting and Big Data for Disaster Management.

2018

Disaster preparedness assessments started in eight countries

National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessments (NDPBA) kickoff events were held in Argentina, Paraguay, Indonesia, Philippines, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and Sierra Leone.

2018

Kick off meeting held to bring early warning support to Myanmar

Myanmar and PDC hold a kick off meeting to build disaster monitoring and early warning capacity by leveraging AHA Centre’s DMRS system.

2018

SmartAlert™ enhances DisasterAWARE

DisasterAWARE users select the areas and hazards to monitor and alerts are sent for threats within or approaching those areas.

2018

PDC supports 10 major disaster exercises

PDC supported 10 major disaster preparedness exercises involving more than 35 countries and seven relief organizations.

2018

Winter Olympics rely on PDC for public safety

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang relied on DisasterAWARE to support public safety with a single platform for information sharing.

2017

Preparedness assessments finished for four countries

PDC finished National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessments (NDPBA) in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

2017

PDC completes risk evaluation for ASEAN

Evaluation findings will support member states in disaster risk reduction initiatives throughout the region.

2017

PDC and AHA Centre sign Memorandum of Intent

Pacific Disaster Center and AHA Centre formalize long-standing partnership, sign Memorandum of Intent to strengthen the two centers’ ongoing partnership in advancing disaster risk reduction and regional cooperation.

2017

PDC-FEMA team up during record-breaking Atlantic Hurricanes

PDC teams up with FEMA and other federal, local, and international authorities to create hundreds of analytical products and official reports to aid responders with the most severe, back-to-back month of Atlantic hurricanes on record.

2016

PDC aids response to 63 major hazards globally

PDC continues to expand international support, producing 450-plus analytical products to guide life-saving activities supporting preparations, response, and recovery for more than 63 major hazards worldwide.

2016

PDC aids response to Major Hurricane Matthew

PDC provides real-time analysis of potential impacts, needs, and damages as Category 5 Hurricane Matthew makes its way across the Caribbean and into the U.S. east coast of Florida.

2016

PDC and Nepal partner on NepalAWARE

PDC and Nepal agree to NepalAWARE project, a new DisasterAWARE-based system to aid the government with disaster risk reduction goals and increasing national capacity as well as decision-making effectiveness.

2016

DisasterAWARE® 6.0 greatly expands capabilties

New features include touch friendly interface, compatibility with mobile devices, offline mode, bookmark sharing, data file exchange, user data imports, Hazus model advancements, wildfire warnings, and more.

2016

PDC supports public safety during 2016 Olympics

PDC helps public safety agencies utilize DisasterAWARE capabilities during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, providing a common operating picture and platform for sharing information as thousands of visitors flooded into the city.

2016

PDC assists with analysis of Zika virus epidemic

PDC helps government and health agencies track and coordinate response to the spread of the Zika virus during the 2016 Rio De Janiero Olympics when an explosive outbreak spread through the region.

2016

DisasterAWARE® is on the horizon for the Philippines

As the Philippines begins development of a new disaster recovery facility—the product of public-private partnerships to increase resilience—PDC has been identified to provide DisasterAWARE-based technology to support operations.

2015

PDC aids response for 61 major hazards globally

PDC collaborates with numerous agencies worldwide, creating 400-plus analytical products to assist humanitarian relief during numerous cyclones, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

2015

ASEAN chooses PDC for training assessment

PDC assists with capacity building initiative, helping ASEAN establish minimum standards and curricula for training in specific areas of disaster management.

2015

PDC expands collaboration with APEC

PDC and APEC team up to collaborate on two separate workshops aimed at strengthening the capacity of APEC economies to mitigate disasters and map hazards for supply chain resilience.

2015

PDC aids Nepal responders after deadly M7.8 quake

PDC produces hundreds of analytical products, including initial damage and needs assessments, risk and vulnerability reports, and other decision making tools to aid search, rescue, and relief efforts.

2015

PDC supports 11 major exercises globally

Eleven major exercises are supported by PDC at home and abroad. Locations include Haiti, Honduras, U.S. National Capital Region, California, Guam/Marianas, Philippines, Hawaii, and Caribbean.

2015

PDC begins NDPBA with four more countries

National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) provides scientific report and 5-year plan to help Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica prioritize actions to reduce risk and improve resilience.

2015

Vietnam and PDC launch VinAWARE

New system, based on Pacific Disaster Center’s DisasterAWARE platform, strengthens Vietnam’s early warning capacity, hazard monitoring, and disaster risk reduction capacity.

2015

PDC releases new BioServ technology

PDC partners with Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other agencies to release new DisasterAWARE technology to help map the outbreak of diseases, population distribution, and related information.

2014

Nepal exercises preparedness with PDC

Government of Nepal tests disaster response plans using DisasterAWARE as part of joint partnership with PDC to build its National Disaster Response Framework (NDRF).

2014

PDC supports response to global hazards

PDC provides analytical products and DisasterAWARE technology during worldwide hazards including an Ebola outbreak, Atlantic and Pacific tropical cyclones and typhoons, earthquakes in Chile and the U.S., and many more.

2014

PDC supports international preparedness exercises

PDC helps strengthen regional collaboration between Central American and Caribbean nations during full-scale disaster preparedness exercises simulating realistic hazard events.

2014

Indonesia and PDC launch InAWARE

Indonesia boosts early warning, hazard monitoring, and disaster risk reduction capacities, launches InAWARE system based on PDC's DisasterAWARE platform.

2013

United Nations sponsors PDC as guest speaker

PDC is sponsored as speaker at United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Conference.

2014

PDC launches NDPBA program

The National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) program is launched starting with the governments of Peru and El Salvador. Scientific assessment identifies components of disaster risk and includes a 5-year plan to achieve DRR goals.

2013

PDC presents DisasterAWARE® at APEC workshop

Workshop designed to strengthen participants’ abilities to understand, collect, analyze, and use geospatial information in support of disaster management-related decision making.

2013

ASEAN invites PDC to present

PDC presents at Capacity Building Forum attended by UNISDR, World Food Programme, and other international organizations.

2013

PDC-Indonesia partner on InAWARE

PDC begins devlopment of InAWARE, Indonesia's version of DisasterAWARE, for disaster management early warning and decision support for Indonesia’s national disaster management agency BNPB.

2013

PDC-Vietnam partner on VinAWARE

USAID supports Phase 2 PDC-Vietnam VinAWARE project, based on PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform, to continue disaster risk reduction and expand web-accessible decision support capabilities.

2012

PDC presents at UNOCHA Workshop

PDC presents at UNOCHA Workshop on Strengthening Disaster Preparedness and Response Capacity in the Asia-Pacific Region.

2012

PDC activates real-time response support

PDC provides real-time situational analysis before, during and after impact of global disasters including M8.6 earthquake in Indonesia, tropical cyclones throughout the Atlantic and Pacific, Dengue fever outbreak and global flooding crises.

2012

PDC supports Hurricane Sandy with real-time analysis

PDC provides real-time situational analysis of destructive Category 3 Hurricane Sandy.

2012

PDC named project manager for International Charter

For the first time, PDC is named project manager to manage requests during activation of International Charter supporting response to Super Typhoon Bopha.

2013

PDC-AHA Centre launch DMRS

A new Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) is launched in collaboration with PDC and the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) for the AHA Centre.

2011

PDC supports response to global disasters

PDC monitors and supports response, relief, and recovery for Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico cyclones, earthquakes in Chile and Peru, volcanic eruption in Iceland, and global flooding to name a few.

2011

The Bahamas and PDC partner on preparedness

Capacity-building project aims to help disaster management practitioners and senior decision makers understand hazard exposure, to prepare for disasters, and reduce disaster risk.

2011

PDC assists with Cholera outbreak in Haiti

PDC partners with other worldwide organizations to support Haiti with tracking of the Cholera epidemic using DisasterAWARE one year following catastrophic earthquake.

2010

PDC supports relief workers worldwide

PDC provides critical decision support tools to aid humanitarian relief for typhoons in the Philippines and Taiwan, Vanuatu earthquake, cyclones in The Bahamas, and the catastrophic Haiti earthquake.

2010

PDC supports response to catastrophic quake in Haiti

PDC provides long-term and wide-ranging support campaign for the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. PDC provides impact, damage, and needs assessments as well as extensive situational analysis for relief workers.

2010

PDC launches Disaster Alert mobile app for the public

PDC launches the first version of the Disaster Alert mobile app, a multi-hazard mobile application for alerting the public of global hazards and helping people stay safe anytime, anywhere around the world.

2009

PDC assists with global catastrophes

PDC teamed up with international responders to assist with Swine Flu tracking products, U.N. aid to Manila following Typhoon Ketsan, and a M7.9 earthquake that hit Sumatra, Indonesia to name only a few.

2010

PDC-Vietnam begin flood modeling and early warning project

PDC-Vietnam flood modeling and early warning capacity pilot project kicked off in Vietnam.

2008

PDC continues longstanding collaboration with ASEAN

The week-long workshop was designated among the five top priority training activities under the ASEAN program for regional capacity building under the Hyogo Framework for Action.

2008

PDC co-chairs conference on APEC preparedness

PDC co-chairs conference on APEC preparedness, attended by 21 member-economies and key senior officials—representing 41 percent of the world's population and 55 percent of its GDP.

2008

PDC supports 2008 Olympics safety

PDC provides several analytical and geospatial products to support public safety initiatives during 2008 Beijing Olympics.

2007

PDC supports response to disasters globally

PDC supports exercise to deal with Avian Influenza Pandemic, and assists with response efforts for Solomon Islands tsunami, devastating floods in Vietnam, and M8.4 earthquake in Indonesia.

2007

PDC provides support after M8.4 earthquake strikes Indonesia

PDC provides response support services and products to aid relief efforts after a magnitude 8.4 earthquake strikes the Indian Ocean near Sumatra.

2007

PDC develops Vietnam decision support system prototype

PDC collaborates with Vietnam on custom DisasterAWARE hazard monitoring prototype for future disaster center.

2006

University of Hawai‘i becomes PDC’s new managing partner


The University of Hawai‘i becomes the Managing Partner of PDC with a new strategic vision for providing global disaster management tools, datasets, and support capabilities.

2006

PDC supports response for numerous hazards

PDC provides support following the Kiholo Bay Earthquake, just west of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaiian island flash flooding, Philippines Leyte landslide disaster, Central Pacific Cyclones , and numerous other hazards.

2006

PDC hosts worldwide natural disaster policy forum

PDC hosts international forum, Mega Disasters–A Global Tipping Point in Natural Disaster Policy, Planning, and Development, attended by NOAA, UNOCHA, ASEAN, and officials from the U.S. and numerous Pacific nations.

2006

Senator Inouye speaks about PDC’s global impact

“We are now providing early warning systems in Southeast Asia for tsunamis. They didn’t go to Moscow. They didn’t go to Beijing. They didn’t go to Washington or Paris. They came here because we have the expertise. Now, PDC is worldwide.”

2005

PDC begins Early Warning Technology project with Thailand

U.S. Trade and Development Agency funds technical assistance for PDC to establish tsunami early warning capabilities for the Kingdom of Thailand.

2005

PDC assesses Risk and Vulnerability throughout Pacific Islands

PDC provides Risk and Vulnerability Assessments in American Samoa, Marikina City and Metro Manila, Philippines, and for other Pacific Island nations.

2005

PDC-ASEAN collaborate on new disaster information initiative

PDC collaborates with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, resulting in the creation of an unprecedented 10-nation Disaster Information Sharing and Communication Network (ASEAN DISCNet).

2005

PDC supports Hurricane Katrina response and relief

Response and relief agencies leverage newly developed PDC products and processes—based on work originally done for Hawaii—to support response and humanitarian relief during and after Hurricane Katrina.

2004

PDC develops Tsunami Awareness Kit for Pacific Island Nations

PDC develops a “Tsunami Awareness Kit” to help with community awareness and preparedness about tsunamis for Pacific Island nations.

2004

PDC launches Asia Pacific Natural Hazards Information Network

Asia Pacific Natural Hazards Information Network is created as a means of locating high-quality geospatial information and making it available for humanitarian assistance missions.

2004

PDC assists after Great Sumatra Eathquake / Indian Ocean Tsunami

PDC aids international relief efforts following Indian Ocean Tsunami and discussions ensue about a PDC-developed early-warning system for Indonesia.

2003

PDC releases new DisasterAWARE® online Atlas

PDC's first edition of a DisasterAWARE web-based system is released (formerly the Asia Pacific Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas), providing a dynamic picture of hazards online.

2002

PDC releases new DisasterAWARE® system

PDC releases a new DisasterAWARE integrated decision support system (formerly called IDSS). System is deployed first in the Caribbean in collaboration with CDEMA.

2001

PDC recognized as a global information provider

Professional journal Disaster Prevention and Management, points to PDC technology as a model worth examining, targeting disaster managers and decision makers in the UK and Europe.

2000

PDC launches first web-enabled application

Web-enabled application (EWS) integrates newly developed weather data from NOAA, NASA, and State of Hawaii sources, as well as highly advanced data visualizations for its time.

1999

PDC co-sponsors international conference

PDC partners with the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance to present the Asia Pacific Disaster Conference, attended by 200 disaster responders worldwide, including the United Nations.

1998

PDC expands support to Pacific Nations

PDC expands disaster information management supporting mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery decision support beyond U.S. borders for humanitarian assistance throughout the Pacific.

1997

New PDC technology widely applauded

PDC-developed technology is recognized in white papers and state legislatures as a model system for other states to emulate.

1996

Senator Inouye provides opening remarks

“We have satellites roaming space, and now what this Center will do is bring them all together..use the high-technology that we have set aside to prevent wars...and join to prevent disasters.”

1995

Development of PDC begins

Conceptual framework, legislation, and budget is allocated to begin development of the Center on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Technology development begins with Hawaii State Civil Defense in Oahu.

1993

U.S. Congress approves Pacific Disaster Center

The United States Congress debates need for a high-tech center devoted to reducing the impacts of disasters in Hawaii and approves the center in 1993.

1993

Pacific Disaster Center conceived following Iniki

Senate Appropriations Committee discussions, led by Senator Daniel K. Inouye, call for better systems of communication and a technology center to improve disaster safety in Hawaii.

1992

Hurricane Iniki devastates Hawaiian Island of Kauai

With sustained winds initially estimated at 140 miles per hour, storm leaves more than 14,350 homes damaged or destroyed and causes over US$3 billion in damage across the State of Hawaii.

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. In information management and senior leadership roles since 1991, Shirkhodai first joined PDC in 2002 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), before his selection for executive director in 2007. During his tenure at PDC, Shirkhodai architected PDC’s flagship DisasterAWARE® risk intelligence platform and mobile apps, developed and oversaw strategies for PDC’s expansion into the global hazard and risk reduction markets, and increased the Center’s competitive project revenues by more than 9-folds, augmenting PDC’s base research and operating budgets. Shirkhodai has led the Center’s support of major international disaster relief operations, at home and abroad. He has served as a chief technology advisor to many regional and national Disaster Management Offices around the world. He has written for numerous United Nations (UN) publications on analytical software design for risk reduction. He has been an invited keynote speaker, lecturer, and participant at many international industry events focused on technologies for risk reduction and resilience. Shirkhodai is on the advisory board of the UH Maui College Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) in 1990, followed by graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence (1993) at GMU.

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

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

Acting Director of Applied Science

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For over 20 years, Dr. Erin Hughey has dedicated her academic and professional life’s work to advancing evidence-based practices in the field of disaster management. Leading PDC global efforts, she has developed the foundation for the largest operationalized national and subnational risk and disaster preparedness assessment. The breadth of her career spans hand-on response operations at local, state, federal, and international levels, to the development of regional and global policy focused on disaster risk reduction. Erin received her PhD from the University of South Florida and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Georgetown University in the Disaster and Emergency Management program.

Erin Hughey

Director of Disaster Services

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Mateo Manzari has more than two decades of information technology development, oversight and management experience. He has lead development teams working on infrastructure design, cloud computing, security, server and network architecture, and data center management. In addition to the disaster management community, he has worked with mid-sized businesses, educational institutions, and service industries, often as an executive business relationship manager or IT integration specialist. Mateo holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Cal State.

Mateo Manzari

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.

Scott Okada

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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For more than two decades, Tim Manning has worked on both the front lines and in the senior most levels of homeland security, emergency management, and resilience at the state, local, federal, and international levels. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, Tim served the Barack Obama administration as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and has served as homeland security advisor, firefighter-EMT in both large urban and wildland interface departments, rescue mountaineer, and geologist. He also currently serves on faculty at Georgetown University in the Disaster and Emergency Management program.

Tim Manning

Senior Advisor

What our partners are saying about us...

Title Address Description
Kenta Hamasaki
Honolulu, HI, USATHE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN, HONOLULU, HI (2016)

"Aloha Julie. Hello. After the registration [for DisasterAWARE], I started to receive warnings such as Typhoon Meranti. That data contains necessary info and is so graphic that it's easy to know at a glance how the impact is. This is very important for our duties. Thank you again."

Paulo Bayly
FijiPERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT, FIJI (2016)

"Thank you and your team for so quickly responding to our needs."

Ana Ake
TongaMINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS, KINGDOM OF TONGA (2017)

"I was first introduced to EMOPS (DisasterAWARE)...during a HA/DR training in Auckland this year. I've worked with several tools and it is obvious that EMOPS is the only sustainable tool that is available and is openly available."

Jonathan Colwell
California, USAGOESPATIAL COORDINATOR, DHS-FEMA REGION 9 (2016)

"EMOPS (DisasterAWARE) made my day so much easier while monitoring [Tropical Cyclone] AMOS. Data that I thought I'd spend a good part of the morning digging for was available, as were the tools to draw polygons and annotate and meet the requirement."

John Andoe
Texas, USAEMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR, TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (2017)

“Keep up the good work. I'm using EMOPS (DisasterAWARE) in Texas to monitor Hurricane Harvey.”

Matt Lott
Virginia, USAEMERGENCY COORDINATOR OF SAFETY, SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (2016)

"I work for the Virginia DOT as an emergency planner. I would like to be added to your distribution list for awareness products. I followed work during Hurricane Mathew and would like to avail our organization of your great products."

USDA Foreign Agriculture Service officer
Washington, DC, USAUSDA (2016)

"Your suggestion that we look at PDC content and capabilities has really paid off. We partnered with them, and are ingesting their global disaster feeds into [Global Agricultural & Disaster Assessment System] GADAS. The addition of a couple of our own applications to quickly delineate impacted areas and extract agricultural acreage and population has proved quite valuable."

Christopher Vaughan
500 C St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

FEMA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER (2015)

"My sincerest thanks to the PDC team during this event. [Tropical Cyclone Dolphin] Your professionalism and dedication to the mission is to be commended. I'm sure we will have plenty to discuss/improve upon in the weeks to follow. Thanks again for all the support. Great job team."

Daniel B. Whitley
1400 Independence Ave SW #5071, Washington, DC 20250, USAACTING ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR, FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE (2017)

"On behalf of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Services, I would like to express my appreciation and full support of the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) for its essential contributions...with data and support...we've been able to improve our global agricultural production and disaster assessment analyses, products, and decision outcomes."

Jesse Rozelle
500 C St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USAPROGRAM MANAGER, NATURAL HAZARDS RISK ASSESSMENT PROGRAM, FEMA (2017)

"Aloha PDC team: I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all of your support during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The modeling and risk assessment support you have provided to FEMA has been incredibly helpful for our response efforts and our emergency management partners. I'm looking forward to a continued partnership."

Lisa Samson on PDC products during hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Miami, FL, USA

ASSISTANT DEPUTY DIRECTOR, EXERCISES & COALITION AFFAIRS, U.S. SOUTHCOM (2017)

"[I] wanted to pass along that the reports that PDC is generating are succinct and extremely informative. I've passed along to other colleagues in the HQs staff and other COCOMs to peak their interest. Well done!"

William I. Clark
9301 NW 33rd St, Doral, FL 33178, USA

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE DIVISION CHIEF, U.S. SOUTHCOM (2017)

"Our success during response efforts is directly related to PDC's contribution. The set of tools offered by your decision support system (DisasterAWARE), the large amount of data, the modeling and assessments, and skill set of your staff are unique. They provide my team with great situational awareness in a timely manner, enabling rapid and informed decision making in critical periods."

Brian Abbott
Doral, FL, USALIEUTENANT COLONEL, PUBLIC-PRIVATE COOPERATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR, U.S. SOUTHCOM (2016)

"As a Public-Private Cooperation (PPC) Program Coordinator, PDC's vision and leadership translates into strategies that enable others to effectively achieve results."

Gayle Outten-Moncour
The Bahamas

BAHAMAS DISASTER RECOVERY MANAGER AND FIRST ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Jeremy K. Delancy
Nassau, The Bahamas

SENIOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF SOCIAL SERVICES & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS (2016)

"I wanted [PDC] to know that I used DisasterAWARE during Hurricane Joaquin and it performed admirably. Some further training will be needed for us to use it to its full capabilities. One of the persons who was quite impressed is Chief Meteorological Officer, Mr. Arnold King."

Carolann Albury
E Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas

DIRECTOR, BAHAMAS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (2017)

"…thank you all for the assistance you have rendered on so many occasions to The BNGISC but more importantly to The Bahamas."

Marcus Elten
New York, NY, USAUNITED NATIONS OCHA (2016)

"I was impressed with how quickly you guys developed situational awareness products...quite impressed with your team's work."

Claudia Mateo
Dominican RepublicPRESIDENT, REPUBLICA DOMINCANA COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE ENERGÍA

"Thank you for being aware of our situation and for the sending of images for analysis."

Paul Ugarte
GuatemalaCONRED SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF GUATEMALA

Eric Yarrell
Comayagua, Honduras

LIEUTENANT COLONEL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, JTF-BRAVO (2017)

"JTF-Bravo sincerely appreciated the HADR decision-support information provided by the Pacific Disaster Center during Hurricane Irma response… has been both timely and valuable support of current operations."

Augusto Moreno O'Phelan
PeruDIRECTOR GENERAL FOR POLICY AND STRATEGY, MINISTRY OF DEFENSE, PERU (2016)

"Many thanks for your important information about the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas."

Mr. Eliezer Serrano, Jr.
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLEAD DATA FUSION MANAGER, U.S. SOUTHCOM JOINT OPERATIONS CENTER (2016)

PDC's support in the SOUTHCOM region and its commitment to promote public safety were unfailing during the Rio Olympics. [DisasterAWARE] greatly enhanced our situational awareness and offered an abundance of useful data and safety monitoring information."

Don Price
Myanmar (Burma)DISASTER MANAGEMENT ADVISOR, U.S. FOREST SERVICE, MYANMAR (2017)

"The big floods in Southern China are causing some real problems for Vietnam and Myanmar and DMRS/EMOPS (DisasterAWARE) is the best visualization for this regional flood situation."

Susan Cruz
PhilippinesDIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE (2015)

"We are very appreciative of your support to our country."

Giuseppe Timperio
21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119077RESEARCH ENGINEER, ADVANCED SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT & HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (2016)

"I knew of 'InAWARE' and I am impressed by its capabilities. Information sharing in the humanitarian context is still a big challenge (especially in ASEAN), and the efforts you are putting to close this gap are highly appreciated, and indeed highly useful for the whole humanitarian community."

Dr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
Matraman, East Jakarta City, Jakarta 13120, Indonesia

HEAD OF DATA, INFORMATION, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR INDONESIA'S NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY, BNPB

Harlan V. Hale
Banten, IndonesiaREGIONAL ADVISOR, USAID/DCHA/OFDA/EAP

"From a disaster management perspective, these agencies [PDC, HOT, PetaBencana.id] have combined their skills, have worked well together, and have created something that is really innovative, useful, and can actually improve both the disaster response by the government and citizen's participation in it as well."

Willem Rampangilei
Jl. Anyar No.12, RT.2/RW.1, Leuwinutug, Kec. Citeureup, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16810, IndonesiaCHIEF, BNPB

"As I mentioned when we met recently at BNPB HQ Jakarta, I want to extend my appreciation to you, to your colleagues at PDC, and to USAID/OFDA for your hard work and dedication – and for your tangible results – in building capabilities and capacities for disaster risk reduction in Indonesia, especially in the area of hazard monitoring and early warning."

Dr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho
West Java, IndonesiaHEAD OF DATA, INFORMATION, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, BNPB (2017)

"Thank you very much for your support in Mt Agung eruption. Very useful to us."

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