Data collection and mapping efforts support the County of Maui’s wildfire response, search and recovery

August 17, 2023

By: Chani Goering

Maui, HI (Aug 17-20) — Following a week of ongoing response and relief efforts, and nearly a thousand of Maui’s loved ones reported still missing, the unrelenting work to identify remains from the devastating Lahaina wildfire and to restore critical services continued.

Water tankers made their way to Maui’s west side where thousands of residents remained cut off from running water. Community-based relief continued along with the distribution of goods which became more closely coordinated between NGOs, community leaders, and officials.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) continued to aid the recovery effort by processing and sharing data updates, and developing new analytics based upon ground-verified information.  All new informational maps and data were provided to support whole-of-government coordination as well as community relief situational awareness through PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform.

DisasterAWARE is used by governments and regional and non-governmental humanitarians worldwide for emergency and disaster management planning, coordination, and response in large disasters.  The U.S. Department of Defense also uses the platform as the only approved unclassified source of global disaster information,  for humanitarian aid, and disaster management decision making.

About PDC

Winner of the 2022 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is a global leader in the application of life-saving disaster management science, early warning technology, and advanced analytics. Our risk intelligence products provide decision-makers with the essential insights and information needed to act early to protect communities from hazards.PDC works to support the most demanding needs of nonprofits and government organizations worldwide in a collective mission to create a safer, more disaster-resilient world.

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