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// The NDPTC

The NDPTC is a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), which was expanded in 2007 to address all-hazards capabilities by the addition of the University of Hawai`i. The NDPTC is authorized to develop and deliver training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. The NDPTC actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai`i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products, and services.

On February 9, 2010, the NDPTC officially announced their opening with a special ceremony at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 community leaders, emergency responders and educators.

//NDPTC Vision

To be the premier, trusted provider of risk-based natural hazards training focused on underserved, vulnerable populations living in hazardous, coastal, and island communities.

// NDPTC Mission

The NDPTC works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, tribal, territorial, non-profit and private partners integrating land use, infrastructure, urban planning, environmental management, and emerging technologies to build and sustain resilient communities.

// NDPTC Strategic Framework

Through an extensive collaborative process involving the NDPTC staff, partners and others involved in the program, we have produced a Strategic Framework. The purpose of this document is to identify the NDPTC's overarching goals and objectives through the articulation of a set of core values and principles to guide the development of training and educational activities.
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// NDPTC Strategic Plan

This document is a update for NDPTC’s Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan

// NDPTC Needs Assessment Survey

The NDPTC has completed conducting a needs assessment survey to determine the most critical training needs to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.

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// The "Whole Community" Approach

The Whole Community Concept is central to NDPTC’s training and education programs. As recent events in the region have demonstrated, cascading disasters link natural, technological, and social systems requiring consideration of “maximum of maximums” scenarios, and understanding and meeting the true needs of the entire affected community. More about NDPTC's Whole Community Concept

// Annual Report

PDF version of 2023 annual report or online at

2023 NDPTC Annual Report