PDC and Red Cross go beyond response to anticipate disaster impacts

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    37 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Mesa, Arizona - United States

    46 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of San Luis Obispo, California - United States

    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    57 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northeastern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Broome, Western Australia - Australia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - S of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Yasur, Vanuatu

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - La Palma, Spain

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 116 km SE of Sarangani, Philippines

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - Izu Islands, Japan region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 74 km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 149 km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 115 km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 125 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 33 km E of Chazuta, Peru

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 19 km SW of Falam, Myanmar

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Ebola - North Kivu Province, DRC

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Storms - Paraguay

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - San Martin, Peru

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Scotland

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central America

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Pimampiro Canton, Imbabura, Ecuador

    20 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Winter Storms - Quebec, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - British Columbia, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Alberta, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwest Territories, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Katmai, United States

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Spain

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - Vanuatu region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Central Java, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Lebak Regency, Banten, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Santa Maria, Guatemala

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Central Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Flood - Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cambodia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Vulcano, Italy

    4 days ago WARNING

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

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 year ago WARNING

October 1, 2021

In a time of unprecedented humanitarian need, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), an applied science and research center under the University of Hawai‘i, have announced a partnership to anticipate disaster impacts. The two organizations are melding their common mission and individual resources to tackle some of the world’s most significant humanitarian challenges using next-generation anticipatory science and technology.

“When we learned that IFRC, the largest humanitarian organization in the world, was launching Anticipation Hub, an online knowledge exchange platform to shift the mindset of responders from reacting to anticipating disasters, we knew we had something significant to contribute,” said PDC Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai.

Xavier Castellanos, IFRC Under Secretary General of National Society Development and Operations Coordination, said data-driven decision-making and evidence-based early action are at the core of the work of the IFRC and its global network of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

“By working together with the Pacific Disaster Center, the IFRC will enhance the use and exchange of information, science and technology; and develop tools and mechanisms that will allow volunteers, staff and partners to make better decisions to protect people at risk of disasters,” said Castellanos.

“This alliance is a step forward in the achievement of the digital transformation goals the IFRC has set. Integrating digital and emerging technologies, skills and a digital culture into our organization in a more efficient way will enable us to harness collective intelligence and democratize access to information. It will allow us to test a wide range of emerging technologies that can drive greater efficiency and impact in our work.”

UH President David Lassner said, “By partnering with expert organizations like the IFRC to create meaningful data exchanges and leverage years of ground-level operational expertise in mitigating humanitarian crises, the Pacific Disaster Center has developed a world-class set of tools, technologies, and impact modeling capabilities to aid disaster mitigation and more effective adaptation to significant challenges presented by climate change now and into the future.”

Tropical Cyclone Idai 

The PDC’s mission is personal for Director of Global Operations Erin Hughey. Her passion for humanitarian work can be traced back to her childhood when she worked alongside her family at the American Red Cross. Since then, Hughey has dedicated her life’s work to advancing the field of disaster management and widely influencing evidence-based decision-making in disaster risk reduction.

According to Hughey, the opportunity for the PDC and the IFRC to partner began to take shape in 2019 as Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique. Although Mozambique is routinely affected by tropical cyclones, there has been a sharp rise in the severity of impacts to this region—a trend observed around the world.

Products pictured above were developed by PDC to support humanitarian response to Tropical Cyclone Idai which made landfall as a Category 4 in Mozambique in 2019. Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere, affecting more than 3 million people and resulting in thousands of fatalities.

 

“Mashing up the PDC’s capabilities with the IFRC’s critical insights from more than 100 years of life-saving work allows our organizations to join forces to protect lives, reduce losses and better anticipate the new and emerging threats brought about by natural disasters, conflict and climate-driven crises,” Hughey said.

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