Established as part of the federal response to the 9/11 attacks, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii is the only component of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium to focus on natural disasters. Its mission is to leverage Hawaii’s unique geographic and cultural experience to develop and deliver disaster preparedness training.
Hawaii is the world’s most isolated population center, nearly 2,400 miles from the nearest major landmass. Its island communities have much in common with rural, remote, and isolated communities on the Mainland. For example, they have a relatively limited capacity to handle large catastrophes, limited infrastructure, and small numbers of healthcare providers and emergency medical systems.
The NDPTC has used the best practices it has developed in Hawaii to train thousands of people in many of the most vulnerable communities across the U.S., helping them prepare for everything from earthquakes and hurricanes, to tornados and floods.