May 22, 2015
NDPTC Establishes Inaugural Joint Science Internship for Pacific Resilience and Security (JSIPRS)
This summer, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is hosting its inaugural annual Joint Science Internship for Pacific Resilience and Security (JSIPRS) that brings U.S. Service Academy students to NDPTC's joint offices with NOAA at the Inouye Regional Center (IRC) located at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The purpose of this program is to explore real-world challenges in natural hazards training, forecasting, and management. To learn more about this program, click here.
May 18, 2015
Custom version of Coastal Community Resilience is delivered at Cape May

A Custom version of Coastal Community Resilience is delivered at Cape May on May 7, 2015. In attendance for the training was the Mayor of Cape May. The Mayor said "he is interested in working more with NDPTC and NOAA Sea Grant on other training deliveries, and is willing to assist in promoting more educational training to other coastal communities throughout New Jersey through his network of Mayors."

Cape May Delivery of CCR Custom

May 16, 2015
NDPTC have discussions with Delegates from India through the U.S. State Department

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center hosted a roundtable discussion at the UH East-West Center with a delegation of business and government officials from India through a U.S. State Department program. The cultural exchange and dialogue focused on natural hazards preparedness and management, covering many topics from tropical cyclone response, to firefighting in the slums, to terrorism in Mumbai.

Group Discussion

Group Shot

Receiving a Gift

May 15, 2015
HURRIPLAN delivered to architects at the 2015 AIA National Convention

Over 40 architects from across the country participated in a custom one-day delivery of PER-306: HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Working in teams, the architects created seven designs for a community safe room in Queens, New York according to FEMA best practice guidelines. Dean Sakamoto, Illya Azaroff, Michael Linerfelt and Dennis Hwang led the course.

Hurriplan Participants

May 10, 2015
NDPTC Seeks a Geospatial/GIS Specialist

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is a premier FEMA Training Provider. In order to develop high-end training in the use of Geospatial tools for Natural Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, NDPTC is seeking a qualified Geopatial/GIS Specialist that will assist in developing Geospatial-based training, and assist in the collection, processing, and analysis of appropriate data as it pertains to natural disasters. To find out more about this position or to apply to this position, click here.

Click here to see the official RCUH position description. 

May 01, 2015
NDPTC has partnered with Lyon Associates to deliver FEMA training
To see, Lyon Associates Island Smarts video describing this partnership, click here.
Apr 28, 2015
Dr. Karl Kim, Exec Director of NDPTC and UH planning professor talks about public space in Hawaii.
Dr. Karl Kim, Exec Director of NDPTC and UH planning professor talks about public space in Hawaii. Click here to watch video.
Apr 23, 2015
NDPC visits the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Pueblo, Colorado

Dr. Karl Kim, Chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, and other NDPC members visit the training facility at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., in Pueblo Colorado.  The Transportation Technology Center, Inc. hosts the NDPC Principal's Quarterly Meeting.


Apr 19, 2015
NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim and Mark Keim discuss PRiMO with ThinkTech Host Jay Fidell

ThinkTech Hawaii host, Jay Fidell discusses the Pacific Risk Management Ohana with Karl Kim and Mark Keim. To watch the video taping, go to the following link.

Apr 10, 2015
NDPC Biological Threat Training

In light of the recent Ebola virus threat, the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) activated a Consortium-wide initiative to assist with training the Nation to be better prepared for disaster situations involving biological threats. On March 26, 28, 29, 2015, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held three offerings of the PER-320 Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events course in Pago Pago, AS.

American Samoa is the first location in FEMA region 9 to receive the interactive hands on PER-320 course. The NDPTC instructors trained groups of local individuals from various health, medical and first responder fields. A portion of the individuals were trained specifically to be instructors for the course which certifies them to instruct the course locally to additional individuals. The courses resulted in a total of 82 participants trained and a group of new instructors. American’s Samoa EMS Chief Galumalemana Fuapopo Avengalio and Dr. Iotamo T. Saleapaga, at the Lydon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center were interviewed by the local media regarding the courses and where both expressed excitement and appreciation for the offerings.

Over the course of preparing for and completing the course deliveries American Samoa was threatened by several natural hazards that could have endangered the course delivery offerings. Tropical Cyclone Ruben developed just south of Tonga and was forecasted to potentially increase in strength. Fortunately, Tropical Cyclone Ruben crossed south and weakened in strength avoiding America Samoa. In addition to the tropical cyclone threat, there were two nearby earthquakes. The first, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake near Papupa New Guinea that caused a tsunami warning for nearby Pacific islands and the second, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake near Tonga and Samoa. Luckily, American Samoa was spared from the effects of the various nearby natural hazards which allowed all of the course deliveries to be successfully completed without disruption.