Training and Exercises

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  • Floods - Central, United States

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  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    8 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Adelaide River, Northern Territory - Australia

    12 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    12 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Udachnyy, Chukot - Russia

    16 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Khandyga, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - W of Udachnyy, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - SW of Khandyga, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - S of Verkhoyansk, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - SW of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - SW of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - SW of Tunguskhaya, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - E of Put Lenina, Chukot - Russia

    17 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Cherskiy, Chukot - Russia

    17 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Tornado - Bismarck, ND WFO Region, US

    21 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    54 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 29 km SSE of Mina, Nevada

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NW of Gallup, New Mexico - United States

    51 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - Tucson (Bighorn Fire) , Arizona, United States

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Atlanta, GA Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Anderson, IN Region, United States

    56 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 17 km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Malanje - Angola

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Ndalatando, Cuanza Norte - Angola

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Four-e

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Wilton, IA Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Western Ukraine

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  • Floods - Yangtze Region, China

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  • Floods - Davao del Sur, Philippines

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  • Floods - Central Chile

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  • Floods - Sabah, Malaysia

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  • Floods - Bangladesh

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  • Storms - Manitoba, Canada

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  • Floods - Central Japan

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  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - Assam, India

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  • Floods - Southeastern China

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  • Floods - Southeastern Poland

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  • Floods - Southeastern Norway

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  • Wildfire - Washoe County (Mahogany Fire), Nevada, United States

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  • Storms - Southern Brazil

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  • Storms - Northeastern Argentina

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  • Winter Storms - Eastern Argentina

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  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

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  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

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  • Earthquake - 5.7 - Ascension Island region

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  • Flood - St. Louis, MO--IL Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 138 km SW of Corinto, Nicaragua

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 10 km S of Marmaris, Turkey

    9 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Watseka, IL Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - Gorontalo Province, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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  • Floods - Guatemala

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern Canada

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  • Floods - Czechia

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  • Floods - Northwestern England

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  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

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  • Storms - Southern Vietnam

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  • Storms - Valparaiso, Chile

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 months ago WARNING

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

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - Abidjan, Cote DIvoire

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.3 - 276 km SE of Hotan, China

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern Haiti

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

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  • Drought - Puerto Rico

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  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Southern United States

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  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

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  • Drought - Mariana Islands

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  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    6 days ago WARNING

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DisasterAWARE® Training and Preparedness Exercises

Using our extensive hazard data and unique DisasterAWARE platform, we can help simulate realistic hazard scenarios to help decision makers gain a deeper understanding of hazard impacts on communities. We also can assist with exercising preparedness plans in advance of real-world events. Our exercise program will help you test complex networks of organizations and response activities, making sure stakeholders respond effectively under high-pressure and ever-changing circumstances. Our experts can support any type of exercise and hazard scenario. We also provide online training, instructor-led trainin on our DisasterAWARE platform.

Your DisasterAWARE training starts here

Watch our self-paced DisasterAWARE training videos to master the basics or request an instructor-led DisasterAWARE training on-site, at your location or ours. We can help you accomplish nearly any training objective.

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Disaster Preparedness Exercises

Let us help you design and conduct scenario-based exercises in a simulated environment ahead of a real-world crisis. We support tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises. Our capabilities include:
Scenario development and design
Event scripting and integration
Data integration
Training
DisasterAWARE communications
Subject matter expertise / best practices

Exercise Options

Exercises help decision makers identify as much about what goes right as what goes wrong with disaster preparedness plans. We’ve helped organizations around the world design and conduct exercises and incorporate lessons learned into planning and preparedness activities.

Scenario-based Training

  • Often focused on policy or strategic issues
  • Smaller scope, less complex

Tabletop Exercises

  • Provides facilitated analysis of an emergency situation
  • Examines policies, procedures, operations to validate and refine plans as needed.
  • Informal, stress-free environment

Functional Exercises

  • Fully simulated exercise
  • Realistic event, testing response capabilities in time-pressured environment
  • Involves multiple functions, agencies, and organizations

Full-scale Exercises

  • Tests regional, national, subnational disaster management systems
  • Simulates real event as closely as possible.
  • Mobilizes emergency personnel and victims (actors), equipment, and resources

Learn more about our customized exercises and training solutions

We can personalize instructor-led training, workshops, and exercises to fit your specific needs and objectives.

Recent Training Events and Exercises

Geospatial Intelligence analysts receive DisasterAWARE training (2020)

PDC supported the 12th annual Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Course at the request of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). PDC hosted more than 30 participants at its Maui headquarters for hands-on DisasterAWARE training, 02–03 March.

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As part of a disaster response and medical capabilities Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 12–14 November, PDC conducted a table-top exercise simulating a M5.5 earthquake in the southeast of the country with data it gathered on Bhutan. The Bhutan Department of Disaster Management used the exercise to test its new incident command system standard operating procedure.

Pacific Endeavor Field Training Exercise spans three days (2019)

PDC traveled to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to facilitate the Field Training Exercise for the Pacific Endeavor Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) 2019 on 06-16 August. DisasterAWARE was used to reach out across the 19 participating countries with data for a three-day scenario.

ADMM–Plus Exercise brings together more than 20 countries (2019)

The 2019 ADMM–Plus Exercise was the most robust evaluation of civil-military HA/DR procedures in the history of ADMM–Plus. The tsunami scenario—modeled by PDC—involved more than twenty countries and organizations participating from their home locations, collaborating digitally using PDC's DisasterAWARE from July 30 to August 1.

Hawaii National Guard DisasterAWARE and resiliency training (2019)

The Hawaii National Guard received a full day of training from PDC that merged DisasterAWARE user training with selected modules from PDC's Hazard Resiliency Network ("R-NET") course on 04 May, 2019. Participants were given tools and knowledge regarding all phases of the disaster management cycle.

AHA Centre receives DMRS training (2019)

PDC delivered a series of training sessions at the ASEAN Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) in Jakarta to support operational use of the DMRS system, powered by DisasterAWARE, February 25–27, 2019. Training included 16 operational staff from the AHA Centre, who demonstrated their DMRS-user skills in a series of disaster-related exercises.

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Benefits of our exercise
support program

  • Leverage the best information to solve problems and make life-saving decisions using DisasterAWARE
  • Accurately simulate real-world hazards and impacts based on DisasterAWARE historical hazard data
  • Identify planning weaknesses and time-saving measures
  • Reveal gaps in resources and information
  • Improve organizational coordination and communications
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Enhance individual and team performance

What our partners are saying about us...

Title Address Description
Kenta Hamasaki
Honolulu, HI, USA

THE 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
Fiji

PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT, FIJI (2016)

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

Ana Ake
Tonga

MINISTRY 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, USA

GOESPATIAL 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, USA

EMERGENCY 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, USA

EMERGENCY 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, USA

USDA (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, USA

ACTING 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, USA

PROGRAM 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, USA

LIEUTENANT 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, USA

UNITED 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 Republic

PRESIDENT, REPUBLICA DOMINCANA COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE ENERGÍA

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

Paul Ugarte
Guatemala

CONRED 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
Peru

DIRECTOR 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, Brazil

LEAD 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
Philippines

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE (2015)

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

Giuseppe Timperio
21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119077

RESEARCH 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, Indonesia

REGIONAL 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, Indonesia

CHIEF, 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, Indonesia

HEAD OF DATA, INFORMATION, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, BNPB (2017)

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

Captain Stephen M. Russell
Hay St, Nassau, The Bahamas

Director, National Emergency Management Agency, The Bahamas (2019)

PDC's advanced modeling capabilities and mapped products helped accurately anticipate the nature and extent of impacts from Dorian so that we could protect the most at-risk communities and coordinate life-saving humanitarian relief. These products were used daily in planning and public outreach, and in briefing national officials, including the Prime Minister, to prepare effectively. In addition, PDC team members gathered, analyzed, and disseminated critical information that helped organize crucial emergency support functions with the responsibility for evacuation
and relief, public health and human services, search and rescue, and the restoration of critical public infrastructure.

John Marinos
Bangkok, Thailand

Regional Information Management Officer
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Bangkok (2019)

I was specifically asked to pass on to you how everyone was impressed and grateful for the JADE for the Afghanistan scenario. It was exactly what they needed to begin discussions on contingency planning and all that. It of course paves the way for when we need to do one there for real.

Kevin Miller
Sacramento, CA, USA

Earthquake & Tsunami Program Manager
Seismic Hazards Branch, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (2019)

We appreciate the update and the fantastic map information products for the Garlock Scenario and are putting them to use on contingency planning. These are the types of info that can be shown in large format around the SOC helping with situational awareness.

John Marinos
Geneva, Switzerland

UNOCHA Information Specialist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

PDC–United Nations OCHA collaborate on advanced data and science to support humanitarian assistance

Jenifer E. Smoak
Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaSenior Director, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, United States Department of Defense (2019)

There is no doubt that we would have been unable to conduct the 2019 COMMEX and STAFFEX
without PDC's support. In the words of INDOPACOM's Exercises Chief, this exercise was the most robust of its kind ever to be conducted in INDOPACOM.

Scott Griffin
Camp H. M. Smith, Halawa, HI 96701, USADeputy, C4 Engagements and Interoperablity, J65 U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (2019)

I am writing on behalf of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) to express our gratitude for the support your organization has provided in building and executing exercises, briefs to senior personnel, and training on DisasterAWARE. PDC's exceptional contributions led the effort to build a meaningful scenario and was the basis on which a very successful PACIFIC ENDEAVOR 2019 (PE19) was completed.