PDC Efforts “Translate” to Multinational Presence

  • Tropical Cyclone - Mandous

    11 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    36 minutes ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

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  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 2 km NE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Argentina

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Uruguay

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Portugal

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

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  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

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  • Blizzard - Arviat, Nunavut, Canada

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  • High Wind - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 97 km NE of Cabatuan, Philippines

    18 hours ago WATCH

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

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chamdo, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

    5 hours ago WARNING

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

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  • Flood - Alto Rio Sanguer, Chubut, Argentina

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  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, China, India and Myanmar

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  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

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  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - NE of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 151 km ENE of Georgetown, Saint Helena

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

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  • Storms - Brunei

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  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Storms - Sri Lanka

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  • Storms - Tonga

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Fiji

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  • Flood - Aguadilla--Isabela--San Sebastián, PR Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Africa

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

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

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

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  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - South Sandwich Islands region

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Southern Finland

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - E of Daan, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Nei Mongol, China

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    23 hours ago WARNING

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

    23 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of San Ramon de la Nueva Oran, Salta, Argentina

    23 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Caucasus region, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, S of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, SW of Magdalena River, Colombia

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  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Baluchistan and Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, NW of Limpopo River, Botswana and South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Guayaramerin, El Beni, Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kapuas Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Pekanbaru, Jambi, Riau and Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yellow River Basin, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Bangladesh and Myanmar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, North China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yalu River Basin, China, South Korea and North Korea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, NE of Yangtze River, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia and Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, India and Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, NE of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hingol Basin, NW of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lake Turkana Basin, Ethiopia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tamale, Northern, Ghana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Bolama, Bolama, Guinea-Bissau

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Tanzania

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Bandar Lampung, Lampung, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amur Basin, China, Russia and Mongolia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Zambezi Basin, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    2 days ago WARNING

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

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    5 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • 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

September 13, 2012

Conducting projects to provide technical assistance in disaster management to foreign governments for more than a decade. 


Here, Indonesia’s national disaster management agency (BNPB) celebrates the signing of a memorandum of understanding with PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawai‘i.

If you want to know what PDC is doing around the world, you can browse the PDC site or, to see PDC activity in non-English language appearances on the Web, try the international search options below.

Search for “manajemen bencana” (“disaster management” in Bahasa Indonesian) and Pacific Disaster Center. Most of the sites you find will either be pages on the PDC website or will be (mostly) in English, but some will be in Bahasa Indonesian. Some browsers will translate as you browse. If yours doesn’t, and you want to see the English translation, copy the text into Google Translate

Search for “thiên tai” (“natural disaster” in Vietnamese) and PDC. While the names of organizations are often left in their original language when two languages share an alphabet, PDC’s name is commonly translated in Vietnamese to (Trung tam) Thiên tai Thái Bình Dương. With the help of Google Translate or your own knowledge of languages other than English, you can devise your own searches. You are likely to be surprised by what you find.

Also, at 4AndroidApps.net there is a Vietnamese-language download offer for PDC’s Disaster Alert mobile app (which is published only in English, so far).

Here’s a translation of the Indonesian text in the image above: Wednesday (23/5 [2012]), Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) with partners from the University of Hawai‘i Pacific Disaster Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the office BNPB, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 36, Central Jakarta. The purpose of the MoU is a collaboration that includes the enhancement of management for disaster mitigation, preparedness, emergency response, and post-disaster recovery. The signing was conducted by the Principal Secretary BNPB, Ir. Fatchul Hadi, Dipl. HE, and Executive Director, Pacific Disaster Center, Ray Shirkhodai. Also witnessed by the Head of Data, Information and Public Relations BNPB, Dr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, BNPB Head of Education and Training, Ir. Wisnu Widjaja, M.Sc. and Deputy Executive Director, Pacific Disaster Center, Chris Chiesa.


This page from the website of Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) tells readers about one of many PDC projects in the country. MONRE has been an important contributor to the success of PDC technical assistance efforts in Vietnam. 

Here’s a translation of the Vietnamese text above: The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) at the University of Hawai‘i (USA) in collaboration with the Water Resources University (Vietnam) is doing a pilot project to strengthen flood early warning capacity in eight coastal provinces in the central region of the country. The project was funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) at $500,000; project time planned for seven months. This project will assist the central provinces to have easier access to sources of information on flood warnings, to have the map-type presentation of natural disasters [GIS], and will enhance the capacity for planning and response to natural disasters, as well as contribute to the reduction of damage and loss of life and property caused by floods.

The two examples above are instances of non-U.S. government agencies, PDC partners, describing activities. There are many of these on the Web. Other non-English representations of PDC include U.N. documents and publications translated to official U.N. languages and to local languages. An example is this U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction publication, ISDR Informs.

This kind of surfing can be fun and interesting. It can also help you develop both an understanding of what PDC does and of how the United States is supporting the development of better disaster management in other countries to save lives, livelihoods, infrastructure, and economies.

Explore a few international projects undertaken by PDC:
• The American Samoa Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
• The 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak in Haiti
• Technical Assistance to the National Disaster Warning Center–Thailand
• Fostering disaster-resilient communities in the Philippines
• PDC’s first Flood Early Warning Project (2009) in Vietnam
• Capacity development work in Vietnam
• Support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 
• Special training prepared and delivered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

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