Mar 27, 2015
NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim presents today at the monthly Urban Land Institute Hawaii: Multi Hazards and Collective Risk Management Brown Bag

Following the leadership of the May 2014 joint “Industry Statement on Resilience”, ULI Hawaii is excited to continue our offerings on resiliency issues, considering risk management, investment enhancement, and insurability in the face of climate change – for property owners, infrastructure system operators, and governments.

We recognize the impact and importance of the design and construction industry on our local economies and livability. It has been evidenced that natural and manmade hazards pose threats to safety of the public (both property and life) and vitality of communities. “As the leaders of this industry, we are committed to significantly improving the resilience… of our buildings, infrastructure, public spaces, and communities.” The industry is poised to respond to these threats and has particular roles to play through research, education, planning, and responding

Multi Hazards and Collective Risk Management
ULI Hawaii Brown Bag with Dr. Karl Kim

Date: March 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Venue: Architects Hawaii (New Location)
Address: 733 Bishop Street, Suite 3100
Phone: (808) 523-9636

Mar 26, 2015
NDPTC Seeks a New Program Coordinator

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is seeking applicants for a Program Coordinator position. If you are interested, please apply at the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH). Search for Job Opening ID# 15214. The position closes on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Click here to see a PDF of the Position Description.

Link to RCUH Job:

Mar 17, 2015
NDPTC Expands Partnership with NOAA: Course Development and Delivery Moves to the Inouye Regional Center

In 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) moved into the newly built Inouye Regional Center (IRC) on Ford Island. The new research and administrative facility was built on a 30 acre parcel combining two refurbished World War II aircraft hangers connected with a building between them. The modern facility was designed as a smart/sustainable building allowing for efficient use of resources and lower energy consumption. For more about the center go to here

NOAA, NDPTC, and the University of Hawaii signed a joint project agreement (JPA) to collaborate on training course development and delivery by utilizing NOAA instructors and delivering training to NOAA partners. This partnership allows for NDPTC to work closely and interact directly with NOAA, the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), and the National Weather Service (NWS), all organizations that NDPTC has had long standing relationships with for collaboration on the development of NDPTC courses.

NDPTC headquarters remains at 828 Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu

Mar 17, 2015
Floodplain Management Master’s Program Launched by University of Washington

More than 22,000 communities have identified flood risk as a serious problem, and flooding is the costliest natural disaster threat in the United States. As the impacts on the built environment continue to increase, and as global climate change intensifies these effects, the demand for experienced floodplain management professionals is only going to grow.

With the damages and costs of flooding increasing and recognizing the growing need for professionals trained to meet this growing challenge, the University of Washington working with the University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) has launched a master’s degree option in Floodplain Management.

The program builds on various aspects of flooding issues; engineering, geology, geography, planning, and offers a comprehensive body of knowledge and direction in floodplain management. Embedded into the curriculum are several NDPTC courses.

“As communities cope with their risk, more jobs are being generated, and this program will prepare professionals to fill those positions.” said Bob Freitag, director of the program and instructor for UW and NDPTC.

For more information contact UW Professional & Continuing Education ( classes begin in summer 2015. 

To see flyer, click here.

Mar 17, 2015
Hot off the Presses: NDPC Spring 2015 Newsletter

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is the premier organization that develops and delivers training courses for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The NDPC is made up of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University, the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) at New Mexico Tech, the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI), the Center for Radiological/Nuclear Testing (CTOSNNSA) at the Nevada National Security Site, and the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

To see the latest news regarding NDPC and its member organizations, click here to download the newsletter.

Mar 10, 2015
Executive Director Karl Kim Presents at the City Forum in Sendai, Japan

NDPTC Executive Director Karl Kim presents at the city forum before the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai Japan on the importance of training, education, and capacity building.

Karl Kim at City Forum in Sendai, Japan

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.”

View Full Report
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.
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.
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