DisasterAWARE Pro

Humanitarian risk intelligence platform that serves the early warning and decision support needs of the public, governments, and NGOs around the world

Past and Current Partners

WFP, WHO, UNICEF, UNDRR, UN Women, US Government, USAID, NASA, and hundreds of international partners

Active Countries
70 countries
Thematic area(s)
Crisis, Climate
Organisation Name
Pacific Disaster Center

The Problem

When large scale, catastrophic disasters unfold, requiring support from the international response community, every minute counts. For many nations, having the right data to inform planning and response support for disasters remains a challenge or even guess work.

The Solution

DisasterAWARE is a powerful humanitarian risk intelligence and decision support platform with 6,500+ data layers designed to support early warning, multi-hazard monitoring, operational response and recovery, risk assessment and mitigation, disaster planning, and preparedness exercises. For more than 20 years, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) has supported the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide to enhance disaster management capacity, save lives, and reduce disaster losses.

How it works?

PDC's evidence-based analytical tools, technologies, big data, research, and information enable data-driven decision making. The Center's DisasterAWARE platform is used by tens of thousands of disaster management practitioners around the globe providing early warning, hazard monitoring, and risk intelligence to support rapid and effective disaster response, preparedness, recovery, and mitigation. It includes the highest resolution all-hazards impact modeling, advanced analytical reports, augmented information through artificial intelligence, and the largest, scientifically vetted big data catalog for disaster management decision making in the world. PDC's specialization in areas related to disaster management best practices and processes, geographic information systems (GIS), remotely sensed data processing, software engineering, meteorology, and earth sciences have built its reputation as an international expert for strengthening disaster management capacity. Through knowledge sharing, collaboration, skills development, and institutionalization and exercising of standard operating procedures (SOPs), PDC has helped its partners achieve numerous disaster risk reduction objectives outlined by the United Nations (U.N.) Sendai Framework and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Digital X Solution DisasterAWARE Pro

Bridging the digital divide

PDC's DisasterAWARE platform allows for offline use in limited connectivity environments, has been translated into all local languages in SE Asia where it has been deployed, and PDC collaborates with UN Women and advances the UN's Women, Peace and Security initiative to ensure inclusivity and equity.

Impact and highlights

700 million stakeholders in the ASEAN region are currently protected by the AHA Centre's longstanding use of PDC's DisasterAWARE (https://thecolumn.ahacentre.org/tag/pdc/). DisasterAWARE Pro is used by WFP, WHO, UNICEF, UNDRR, UN Women and 70 nations with over 200 projects.

Plans for expansion

Latin America and the Carribean