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Managing Disaster

Posted on | November 25, 2009 | Comments Off on Managing Disaster

The university was selected by the Department of Defense to negotiate a new cooperative agreement as the managing partner for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui. PDC provides applied information research and analysis support in disaster management and humanitarian assistance. UH has been managing the PDC since Dec. 2006 under a three-year agreement. Letters of qualification were solicited nationally this summer for a managing partner for a new five-year agreement. The new cooperative agreement is expected to have a total value over $30 million.

“The University of Hawaiʻi System is proud of the work our team has done over the past three years and honored to have been selected to continue our stewardship of the PDC,” says President M.R.C. Greenwood. “As the world faces increasing damage and harm from natural and man-made disasters, the PDC will be increasingly critical to improving our capacity to minimize suffering.”

“The Pacific Disaster Center was established after Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauaʻi because I wanted to be sure that Hawaiʻi had the disaster management and modeling capability to prepare and protect itself from natural and man-made disasters to the greatest extent possible,” says U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. “I am delighted at the success they have achieved in serving Hawaiʻi, the nation and the region.”

Read the news release.