Determined to make a difference in the fight against hazards

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    45 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    50 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    56 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Creston, British Columbia, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Mandous

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 14 km NW of Ciranjang-hilir, Indonesia

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 9 km E of Tsurib, Russia

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 140 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Attawapiskat, Ontario, Canada

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of State of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Jilkminggan, Northern Territory, Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Rainfall - Sept-Iles, Québec, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Taiwan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Rainfall - S of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 174 km W of Abepura, Indonesia

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - S of Diapaga, Tapoa, Burkina Faso

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ouadda, Haute, Kotto, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Zemio, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Zemio, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Risaralda Department, Colombia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Parana Basin, Paraguay and Cuiaba Rivers, Brazil and Bolivia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Bermejo, Tarija, Bolivia

    12 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Fog - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Mount Surprise, Queensland, Australia

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Southern Portugal

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Peru

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 178 km SE of Gizo, Solomon Islands

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Brazil

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Telangana, India

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, China, India and Nepal

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Salween Basin, S of Salween River, China, India and Myanmar

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Yogyakarta, Bantul Regency, Indonesia

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - N of Baoshan, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Jinzhou, Liaoning, China

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran and Iraq

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Sumbawanga, Rukwa, Tanzania

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drinking Water - SE of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - N of Obo, Haut, Mbomou, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Ndele, Bamingui, Bangoran, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal, South Sudan

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Birao, Vakaga, Central African Republic

    19 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Ishikawa, Japan

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Luzon, Philippines

    23 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Heat - Uruguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - North Island, New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southern Finland

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Volga Basin, Russia and Kazakhstan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Daan, Jilin, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pallasovka, Volgograd, Russia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huai He Basin, N of Huai He River, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, Hebei, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    4 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - South Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Floods - Johannesburg City, South Africa

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

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

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

February 2, 2016

Twenty years ago there really was no model for how to integrate advances of science and technology into existing disaster management practices in order to support informed decision making and improve disaster risk reduction for communities. So, visionaries determined to make a difference, led by then-U.S. Senator Inouye of Hawaii, “built one,” as the Senator put it years later. In response to a clear need for better information, tools, and methods, and after four years of planning and dedication, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) officially opened its doors in the State of Hawaii at the Maui Research and Technology Park in February of 1996.

Prior to the opening dedication, Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano signed a state declaration establishing PDC and shortly after the opening, PDC created its first hazard-awareness website. By 1997 the original Emergency Management Operations (EMOPS) system for disaster management officials was launched. At nearly the same time, PDC provided support for the Pacific Regional Emergency Management Information System (PREMIS), which was operational and in use at Hawaii State Civil Defense (now known as Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, HI-EMA). PDC helped to improve, expand, and operationalize PREMIS to support communication among disaster management stakeholders at various levels and with different resources to work with and share.

The Center, also dedicated to making hazard information available to the public, released the Asia Pacific Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas in 2003, now simply known as Global Hazards Atlas. Over the years, integration of best-in-class hazard modeling, data collection and processing, computing technologies, and visualization led to the creation of early DisasterAWARE architecture and the enhancement of EMOPS. To this day, EMOPS if offered free of charge to national and international humanitarian assistance organizations worldwide, serving over 7,500 disaster management professionals in more than 25 countries.

Since its introduction, the DisasterAWARE platform (including EMOPS) technology, data, and architecture have gone through many innovative and transformative changes.  In 2007, the platform’s visualization was enhanced with the Multi-source Map Viewer (MSMV), in a partnership with private industry developers. By then, PDC had initiated efforts to extend data holdings to global coverage (2007), to improve modeling (2008),  and to incorporate biomedical and pandemic incidents (2009). Through these years, the DisasterAWARE architecture was enhanced for automated assessment reporting (Area Brief), expedited notifications, and mobile computing (2010).

PDC released the first version of its free Disaster Alert mobile app (for iOS) in 2010. Disaster Alert is now a premier tool in the public-safety mobile app market, downloaded nearly 2 million times worldwide. None of this would have been possible without the hard work, collaboration, and partnership of so many who have dedicated themselves to strengthening disaster management practices through sharing and advancing critical information and access to it.

For 20 years now—starting from work with Hawaii State Civil Defense, then throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and now across the globe—technologies developed and/or integrated by PDC have been advancing disaster resilience and humanitarian assistance. Today, PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform directly powers many disaster management systems and applications worldwide, enabling informed decision making. PDC maintains a strong commitment to serving the disaster management communites, both civil and military, at home and the world over.

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