Advanced technology pushes back against catastrophic losses during wrath of Irma

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    7 hours ago ADVISORY

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  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 183 km NE of Tual, Indonesia

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  • Wildfire - SE of Pukatawagan, Manitoba - Canada

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

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  • Wildfire - Cascade County (American Fork Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfires - Butte and Plumas Counties (Dixie Fire), California, United States

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    7 hours ago INFORMATION

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    8 hours ago WARNING

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    14 hours ago WARNING

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  • Wildfires - Beaverhead County (Alder Creek Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfires - Wallowa County (Elbow Creek Fire), Oregon, United States

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Thomas Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Asotin County (Lick Creek Fire), Washington, United States

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  • Wildfires - Plumas County (Dixie-Jumbo Fires), Idaho, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 13 km SSW of Tokoroa, New Zealand

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfires - Mineral/Missoula/Sanders Counties (West Lolo Complex), Montana, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    16 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Okanogan County (Cedar Creek/Delancy Fires), California, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

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    22 hours ago INFORMATION

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    1 day ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Garrison Lake Fire), Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - British Columbia (July Mountain Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Okanogan County (Cub Creek 2 Fire), Washington, United States

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Chasm Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Young Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Flat Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (South of Canim Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Mckay Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Sparks Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 26 km SSW of Mandráki, Greece

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  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

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  • Wildfires - Beaverhead County (Trail Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Lemhi County (Mud Lick Fire), Idaho, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Nez Perce and Lewis Counties (Snake River Complex Fires), Idaho, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 9 km ESE of Sullana, Peru

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  • Wildfire - Flathead County (Hay Creek Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

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  • Wildfire - Routt County (Morgan Creek Fire), Colorado, United States

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  • Wildfires - Klamath County (Bootleg Fire), Oregon, United States

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  • Floods - Costa Rica

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  • Floods - Panama

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  • Floods - Switzerland

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  • Storms - Germany

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  • Extreme Heat - Central and Eastern Europe

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern United States

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  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern United States

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  • Storms - Mexico

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  • Extreme Heat - Southwestern Canada

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  • Extreme Cold - Brazil

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  • Wildfire - Qoubaiyat, Lebanon

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Kef and Jendouba Governorates, Tunisia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Austria

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  • Storms - Spain

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Big Stick Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - Stevens County (Sherwood Fire), Washington, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Wildfire - Stevens County (Spruce Canyon Fire), Washington, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Cascade County (Divide Complex - Balsinger Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Earthquake - 8.2 - 104 km SE of Perryville, Alaska

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

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    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic)

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VIEW ALL HAZARDS
September 11, 2017

Tools developed by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) are helping officials from Florida and Georgia, FEMA, and responders throughout the U.S. and Caribbean make better decisions faster, resulting in fewer deaths and catastrophic losses. As Irma dissipates into a tropical storm, dropping heavy rain throughout the Florida panhandle into parts of Georgia, the still uncertain total death toll is expected to remain staggeringly low compared to much weaker hurricanes in the past.  While every life lost to Irma and other disasters remains a tragedy, reduced losses is a remarkable accomplishment considering today’s large population exposed to Irma’s Category 4 winds, storm surge, and flooding rainfall.

According to Bernd (Bear) McConnell, PDC’s Senior Advisor and former Director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), today’s state and local officials rely heavily on fast, accurate, and quantifiable information to take appropriate actions that effectively protect communities in harm’s way. He said, “What you see in Florida—low injuries and casualties, fewer building and infrastructure damages compared to those of the past—is a noteworthy example of how real-time decision tools like DisasterAWARE have empowered officials to make the right decisions or issue the tough call for mandatory evacuation.”

Turning to a single, super-technology that packs the power of NASA’s satellite imagery, NOAA’s scientific forecast weather data, and PDC’s robust data holdings including hazard exposure data, population and economic impact data, and numerous infrastructure data, DisasterAWARE is being used at all levels of government around the world to meet the fast-paced nature of disaster management.

“Our all-hazards platform, DisasterAWARE, is the same real-time technology that was used to monitor Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the recent earthquake and tsunami in Mexico, and currently Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic, Typhoon Halim near Taiwan, and wildfires throughout the State of California,” said PDC’s Executive Director, Ray Shirkhodai.

By bringing all the all the information together from top sources into a single, common operating platform, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)—A University of Hawaiʻi managed Applied Science Center—has developed a scientific tool like no other. PDC is helping decision makers recognize the power of DisasterAWARE for not only monitoring and response, but for planning and recovery operations. “DisasterAWARE is being used to identify vulnerable populations, simulate hazard events and impacts to help disaster managers develop and exercise plans, as well as inform disaster risk reduction policies to protect communities from future hazards,” said Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Disaster Services at PDC.

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