About Us

// 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 Mission

Uniquely positioned geographically and culturally, the NDPTC works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and under-represented/under-served communities. It incorporates urban planning and environmental management, emphasizing community preparedness and addressing the needs of vulnerable at-risk populations.

// 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 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

// Crosswalk of Target Capabilities to Core Capabilities

In 2011, DHS/FEMA published the National Preparedness Goal. Within this document was established the Core Capabilities which are essential for the execution of each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In response to the Core Capabilities, NDPTC has realigned their training courses to meet the Core Capabilities. The following table maps NDPTC's training courses to the new core capabilities outlined in the first edition of the National Preparedness Goal to the former Target Capabilities List (TCL) from 2007. Please note that not all core capabilities have a target capability associated with them. Furthermore, some core capabilities have more than one target capability associated with them. Importantly, readers should not interpret that the target capabilities assigned to a core capability necessarily capture the entirety of what that core capability is meant to address.

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