It's the 25 Year Anniversary of United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination. Disaster coordination has come a long way:

Founded in 1993, United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) is a part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It serves as the international emergency response system for sudden-onset crises, and is designed to help the United Nations and governements of d...

Incorporating humanitarians into the Exercise Cobra Gold command post provides valuable civil-military coordination experience for Washington National Guard and other service members.

Jets roar overhead as a sea of troops storm out of armored vehicles. The order to move forward is echoed in a variety of languages as each nation’s forces advance toward their objectives. Several miles away in a room filled with a mixture of uniforms, maps and laptops, the multi-lingual chatter co...

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 H.E.L.P. course in Honolulu! Apply today:

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Photos from the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Senior Leader Seminar of Exercise Cobra Gold. Participants of the HADR portion were invited from several different nations including the Kingdom of Thailand, the United States, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea as well as numerous civil organizations.

Military officials discuss coordination strategy at the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Senior Leadership Seminar in support of Cobra Gold 2018 in Chon Buri province, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 18, 2018. The HADREX is a five-day symposium that discusses the parameters and policies of ci...

Director Martin and other CFE-DM staff join partners from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, AHA CENTRE, UN OCHA Pacific, Singapore’s Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre, and Malaysian Armed Forces in HADR discussions during Exercise Cobra Gold.

Over 100 minds from nine different nations came together for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response academics, tabletop exercise and senior leader seminar portion of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 at the Royal Thai Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center in the Chonburi province, Kingdom of Thail...
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Exercise Cobra Gold added 3 new photos.

#CobraGold2018 has officially kicked off! We stand #ShoulderToShoulder with our partners and allied nations as we train together in support of peace and security in the region.

The first Humanitarian Assistance Response Training course of the year concluded on Ford Island, Hawaii, Feb. 8. Otherwise known as HART, the course is the Center's flagship training program and contributes greatly to the success of U.S. military support to disaster relief missions by preparing U.S. military commanders and staffs to respond during civilian-led HADR missions. The course includes lectures, panels, hands-on exercises and a culmination scenario on the final day.

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CFE-DM Director Joseph Martin welcomes Maj. Gen. Dato' Hj Roshaimi bin Zakaria, Assistant Chief of Staff, Defence Planning Division, Malaysia Armed Forces, and Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Commander, Washington Air National Guard, to the Center for an overview of CFE-DM programs and roundtable discussion Feb. 8.

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CFE-DM's Ryan McGovern and Dr. Alberto Morales, Jr. attend the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week - HNPW held at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland Feb. 5-9. The event brings together experts in crisis preparedness and response from a diversity of organizations – including member states, UN agencies, NGOs, civil protection, the private sector or academia – and countries in a common space where discussions focus on identifying solutions to humanitarian challenges.

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This week 70 participants from 17 nations attended the 12th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus Experts’ Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in Honolulu.

Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies added 8 new photos to the album: 12th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus Experts’ Working Group.

This week 70 participants from 17 nations attended the 12th ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus Experts’ Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster... Relief in Honolulu.

Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command provided opening remarks at the meeting which was co-chaired by Malaysia and the United States at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Attending the meeting were representatives from nine ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Also attending were: eight “plus” countries including the United States, Australia, Japan, India, Russia, China, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea; the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre); and, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA);
The meetings focused on advancing ASEAN HADR capabilities including the ASEAN Militaries Ready Group on HADR and improving civil-military coordination mechanisms during HADR Operations.

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Director Martin hosted Thai Maj. Gen. Petcharat Limprasert, director of the Office of Civil Affairs, Office of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defence - Thailand, at the CFE-DM headquarters building on Ford Island, Hawaii, Jan. 30. The staff spoke on numerous potential upcoming collaboration projects in disaster management.

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Cisco discusses "4 ways technology can help us respond to disasters." For a closer look at the work Cisco TacOps performs during disasters, find a piece on Typhoon Haiyan in the latest Liaison Journal:

Technological innovation is bringing digital solutions to sectors that have previously lacked access to technology, including the non-profit community.

News and Press Release from World Economic Forum, published 08 Jan 2018

Information sharing remains vital for civil-military coordination in disaster response; this publication provides procedural guidelines for response in ASEAN nations.

This handbook forms part of a series of knowledge products developed in collaboration with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) institutions and ASEAN member countries. The series is designed to increase capacity and skills as well as promote institutional development for countries wishing...

A free online course from our partners at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster.

From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for humanitarian aid grows, how can efforts to alleviate human suffering evolve with it? This course from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and�...

The Disaster Management Reference Handbook for Sri Lanka is available! The handbooks offer an operational understanding of a nation's disaster management capability and vulnerability, with detailed information on demographics; hazards; government structure; regional and international assistance; infrastructure; laws and guidelines; risks and vulnerabilities; and other areas vital to a comprehensive disaster management knowledge base:

DMC Srilanka Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Sri Lanka Red Cross -Colombo Branch U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka Health Sector Disaster Managers Forum Sri Lanka World Health Organization South-East Asia Region - WHO SEARO JICA Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology - Sri Lanka USAID - US Agency for International Development World Food Programme

It has been a busy year here at CFE-DM. To see summaries of what we accomplished in 2017, head to our "Event Overview and Summary Reports" section.

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