PDC’s advanced early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform, DisasterAWARE, is playing a critical role throughout Southeast Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world in averting catastrophic human and economic losses resulting from natural disasters. As human populations become more densely concentrated in areas exposed to natural hazards, the potential for record-breaking losses continues to grow. When lives and livelihoods hang in the balance, accurate and timely information is essential for effective, split-second decisions that afford no margin for error.
Initially envisioned as a technology to help protect the Hawaiian Islands following widespread damage left by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, PDC’s high-tech risk intelligence platform has grown to have an international presence that is helping nations throughout the world increase disaster resilience. Among the first early adopters, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) is using a customized version of PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform that was customized to their needs and first deployed in 2012. PDC played a crucial role in not only delivering the technology, but helping to institutionalize use of the software—assisting in the development of standard operating procedures and making sure the AHA Centre had the necessary in-house resources, training, and national capacity to support ongoing advancements, policies, and practices into the future.
Today, ASEAN’s Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) powered by DisasterAWARE helps safeguard all of ASEAN’s 12 member states by providing early warning and scientifically verified, global information for observational monitoring, predictive modeling (including hazard exposure and potential impact assessment), as well as hundreds of other critical geospatial data such as historical hazard incident information, global risk and vulnerability information, and infrastructure information. “ASEAN has envisioned being the future global leader in disaster management by the year 2025, capitalizing on our own experience in responding to world class disasters. To achieve this, we are excited to strengthen our partnership with leading institutions and the best in the industry like PDC,” said longtime Ms. Adelina Kamal, newly appointed Executive Director of AHA Centre and longtime partner of PDC.
Other key partners who are using DisasterAWARE or custom versions of the platform include Indonesia’s national disaster management organization Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the Government of Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Unites States Government including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Department of Defense and military organizations with the mission to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and numerous other countries, regional organizations, and nonprofits.
Learn more about PDC’s recent decision support projects, customization capabilities, and institutionalization processes by visiting our early warning and decision support solutions page. You can also viewing our partner testimonials below or read more about our projects:
- AHA Centre’s Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) serves 10 ASEAN nations
- Indonesia’s InAWARE system
- VinAWARE system for Vietnam
- PDC and Nepal partner on new NepalAWARE System
- NuclearAWARE for the International Atomic Energy Agency
- Philippines and PDC discuss custom version of DisasterAWARE for new Disaster Recovery Facility
- Myanmar Decision Support System leveraging AHA Centre’s DMRS