News

Mar 03, 2015
NDPTC Seeks New Deputy Director
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is seeking applicants for its vacant Deputy Director position. If you are interested, please apply at the Research Corportation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH). Search for the Job Opening ID# 15151. The position closes on Friday, March 20, 2015. Click here to see a PDF of the Position Description.
Feb 26, 2015
FEMA Releases New Tribal Consultation Policy
Today, Administrator Craig Fugate announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Tribal Consultation Policy, which begins a new phase of engagement and collaboration with American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes.  The new policy establishes a process for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials on Agency actions that have tribal implications, and it emphasizes the importance of consulting with Indian Country. See FEMA Press Release, click here.
Feb 23, 2015
PER-306 HURRIPLAN at City of Bridgeport East End

This HURRIPLAN delivery on February 21-22, brought together graduate students from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Urban Resilience course and members of Bridgeport's East End Community. Bridgeport's Department of
Economic Development hosted this event at the Jenny Tisdale School. Connecticut State Senator Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and City Economic Development Director David Kooris visited and remarked on the importance of community-wide resilience (pictured). NDPTC instructors Dean Sakamoto, who is also the Yale course faculty, Don Watson and Dennis Hwang led this delivery. For further information, click here.


For more information, click this link: Bridgeport Delivery

Hurriplan Delivered at Yale University

Feb 19, 2015
One-year look at the lessons learned and best practices in the response to Haiyan called “Operation DAMAYAN.”

NDPTC works in close partnership with the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA) in various research projects. The recent Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) spurred many formal and informal subject-matter exchanges and initiatives. CFE-DMHA recently released a report and shared with NDPTC, the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) one-year look at the lessons learned and best practices in the response to Haiyan called “Operation DAMAYAN.”

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Feb 05, 2015
NDPTC delivered PER-306 HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities in New Jersey
In January, NDPTC arranged Hurriplan deliveries through New Jersey Sea Grant in Tuckerton and Hoboken.  One of the attendees in Hoboken was the Mayor of Cape May, New Jersey - Dr. Ed Mahaney.  He liked the course so much that he will be requesting another delivery in Cape May for City Planners, administrators and politicians on May 5 and 6.  This is significant because the leader of this coastal community can help to implement many of the measures pushed forward by the courses offered by NDPTC.  To see the message from the Mayor, click here.
Feb 04, 2015
Overview of NDPTC. Watch the video!
Dr. Karl Kim, Executive Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) provides a overview of the mission and capabilities of NDPTC.http://youtu.be/TQPTX6-NES4
Jan 26, 2015
Wednesday Evening Seminar Featuring Owen Shieh of NDPTC

Mr. Shieh will be speaking this Wednesday evening about the intersection of science and the humanities, using hazardous weather as the unifying theme. The lecture is titled, "The Skies of Our Living Laboratory: Cultivating Regional Literacy through Inspired Science" Mr. Owen Shieh is the Weather and Climate Program Manager at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.

The lecture is Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Keoni Auditorium, Imin International Conference Center.


For more information, click here to view website.



Jan 14, 2015
NDPTC's Executive Director Karl Kim recounts the lessons learned from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

NDPTC's Executive Director Karl Kim recounts the lessons learned from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that we should not forget in today's Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Star Advertiser Article

Jan 10, 2015
NDPTC and NOAA partner to deliver ComMIT Community Model Interface for Tsunamis training

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and the University of Hawaii’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) are sponsoring a workshop on the ComMIT: COMmunity Model Interface for Tsunami. The workshop will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus from January 5 – 9, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of tsunami science, the methodology behind the tsunami modeling, the data requirements to model the impact of tsunamis, as well as be able to run scenario-based exercises and perform a hazard assessment of a coastal community. Furthermore, student participants will have the opportunity to earn three hours of graduate level credit upon completion of an additional tsunami disaster risk resiliency research project.

After this five-day training, students presented their project results.

Juliette Budge

Stephanie Presenting

Jan 09, 2015
NDPTC delivery of Tornado Awareness in Rapid City, SD in the news.
http://www.newscenter1.tv/news/local/Tornado-Awareness-Course-Offered-for-Public-288012201.html
Jan 08, 2015
NDPTC Delivers PER-306 HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities in Tuckertown, NJ

NDPTC instructor Dennis Hwang presents the High Wind Module of HURRIPLAN to state and local officials, planning and design professionals in Tuckerton, New Jersey. This delivery of HURRIPLAN is being held at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve with over forty participants on January 8-9. Don Watson and Dean Sakamoto are also participating as NDPTC instructors.

Delievery in Tuckertown, NJ

Jan 06, 2015
NDPTC and NOAA conduct ComMIT: Community Model Interface for Tsunami training

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories (PMEL) deliver ComMIT: Community Model Interface for Tsunami training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. This inaugural demo training is in preparation as NDPTC works with NOAA to create a FEMA certified training course. The current course is a five-day course from January 5 - 9, 2015, and is jointly sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Graduate Certificate Program. The class is composed of graduate students, researchers, and observers from the emergency management and tsunami training outreach community. After completion of the five-day training, graduate students are able to earn 3.0 credits of graduate level coursework upon completion of additional work, which may be used towards an advanced degree.

The ComMIT tool was developed in the aftermath of the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami after officials identified the need for accessible modeling tools. ComMIT enables government agencies and others in the coastal region to run tsunami models, using data from local or remote databases with an internet-enabled interface. This internet-based approach also creates a virtual, regional, and global community of modelers using the same tools and approaches to understand tsunami threats; all of which are capable of sharing information and insights among themselves. The workshop instruction will be led by Dr. Vasily Titov and Mr. Christopher Moore, who developed ComMIT. Dr. Titov is the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Tsunami Research and has been the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory’s (PMEL) senior tsunami modeler since 1997.  Mr. Moore is a physical oceanographer at the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to collaborate with NOAA's PMEL in furthering knowledge and applications of tsunami science and modeling,” said NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim, who also is a UH Mānoa urban and regional planning professor. “In Hawaii, tsunamis have killed more people than all other natural hazards combined. We need to understand not just the generation and propagation of tsunamis, but their impact, especially in coastal, urban communities. This course will help us to better plan for and mitigate the potentially devastating effects of tsunamis."  


Dr. Vasily Titov and Dr. Karl Kim


Mr. Chris Moore and Dr. Pradip Pant

ComMIT Interface