In response to the global need for cooperative responses to natural and technological disasters, the College of Social Sciences is actively involved in disaster resilience efforts. By taking a visionary “whole of society” approach to disaster management, the college works with various partners to provide the social and human perspectives on disaster risk reduction and resilience, and to collaborate on activities that reduce disaster risk and increase resilience. This includes: advancing and enhancing efforts to promote disaster risk reduction; increased local, national, and regional cooperation; effective public-private interactions; and the relationship between disaster resilience and economic vitality.
An early example of the college’s efforts in this area was its leadership role in the Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) initiative. The APDR3 is a network of American institutions historically involved in the vitality, development, security, and stability of the Asia Pacific region. It was launched at the 2011 APEC USA meetings in recognition of the profound importance of timely and effective efforts to lessen the impacts of natural and man-made crises.
The college is also home to the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). The NDPTC develops and delivers training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. It actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai'i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products and services.