// National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)
The NDPC is the principal means through which the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate develops and delivers training to state and local responders. Since its inception in 1998, more than 750,000 people have benefited from training conducted by NDPC members. View the Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness.
The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium was originally established by Congressional Mandate September 1998 (House Conference Report [H.R.2267]) and reconfirmed in Public Law 107-273 in 2001. Original membership was based on the urgent need to address the serious counterterrorism preparedness needs of our nation’s emergency responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive (weapons of mass destruction) hazards. Later this would be expanded to address catastrophic all-hazards events. In January 2007, the law was re-authorized in Homeland Security Legislation HR-1 through FY 2011 and two new members were added, TTCI in Colorado and NDPTC at the University of Hawaii.
In addition to the NDPTC, other members of the NDPC Consortium include:
Prevention, deterrence and response to Chemical, biological and nuclear attacks involving hazmat
Prevention, deterrence and response to radiological/nuclear attacks
Prevention, deterrence and response to terrorist acts, chem-/bio-/ag-related terrorism response
Incident Management, EMS, Hazmat, Public Works, Threat and Risk Assessment, Senior Executive Programs
The NDPTC works collaboratively with numerous organizations and external agencies. In order to fulfill its goal of providing high-quality, up-to-date training on natural disasters, the NDPTC will continue to pursue opportunities to partner with State and Federal Agencies, Academic Institutions, Organizations, as well as other members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) to leverage assets and expertise to efficiently develop and deliver relevant training.
The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region. PRiMO also represents the Advisory Board for NDPTC. The agencies, institutions, and companies that comprise PRiMO recognize the value of collective action and are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain hazard resilient communities.
The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is an applied science, information and technology center, working to reduce disaster risks and impacts to people's lives and property. PDC works to foster disaster resiliency through the use of science, information, and technology for sound, evidence-based decision making.
The Center was created to build on the strong bilateral relationships between the U.S. Pacific Command and the armed forces of the nations in the Asia-Pacific region, by focusing on the broader multilateral approach to addressing regional security issues and concerns.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through its Coastal Services Center (CSC) , established the Pacific Services Center (PSC) in 2001 to serve the unique ocean and resource management needs of the Pacific region. Their mission is to provide integrated, locally relevant services and information that support the well-being of Pacific coastal and ocean communities, economies, and natural resources.
COE is a direct reporting unit to the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and principal agency to promote disaster preparedness and resiliency in the Asia-Pacific region. COE was established by the US Congress in 1994. As part of its mandate, COE facilitates education and training in disaster preparedness, consequence management and health security to develop domestic, foreign and international capability and capacity.
The Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Center for Tsunami Research conducts research in support of improved measurement technology and the design of optimal tsunami monitoring networks, development and implementation of improved models to increase the speed and accuracy of operational forecasts and warnings, and the research and development of improved methods to predict tsunami impacts on the population and infrastructure of coastal communities.
ITIC is co-located and hosted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ITIC maintains and develops relationships with countries, international organizations, scientific research and academic centers, civil defense agencies, and the public to carry out its mission to mitigate the tsunami hazard by improving tsunami preparedness. The ITIC serves as an information and training resource helping the US and countries to strengthen their mitigation capacities. Its functions and activities include recommendations to improve the timeliness of warnings, technical assistance to establish national and regional systems, and provision of a clearinghouse for the development of educational and preparedness materials, event data collection, and the fostering research and its application to prevent loss of life. The ITIC was established in 1965 to support the UNESCO/IOC and its Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, and since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has worked globally to support the development of tsunami warning systems worldwide.
The US Geological Survey's (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program Observatories and Centers conducts monitoring and research at the five volcano observatories in conjunction with the Menlo Park Science Center. These activities help advance the understanding of active volcanism and allows the Volcano Hazards Program to provide warnings of impending eruptions in the United States. The Observatories and Center monitors earthquake activity, ground deformation, gas chemistry, and other geophysical and hydrologic conditions before, during and after eruptions. The observations are used to detect activity before an eruption to provide real-time emergency information about future and ongoing eruptions, identify hazardous areas around active and potentially active volcanoes, and improve the understanding of how volcanoes erupt and change the environment.