Pacific Center Disaster (PDC) Program


Enable PDC to stimulate research, development, evaluation and deployment of advanced tools and applications to aid in disaster monitoring, early warning, and decision support for disaster management communities and the general public. Thus, the overarching goal is to foster disaster-resiliency and risk reduction through the use of science, information, and technology.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Washington Headquarters Services (Whs), Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 The PDC’s funding has remained largely unchanged over the past decade while its DisasterAWARE RAPIDS DoD userbase grew 10-fold, nearing ten thousand user accounts, data-holdings grew 12-fold, topping 4,300 layers, and response coverage grew 4-fold, topping 70 events and more than 350 products a year. These numbers have further increased this year: now more than 5000 data layers, 32 responses, and an astonishing 1191 products through October 2020 alone. The incredible growth (over three-fold compared to the previous year) in the number of products was due to many factors, chief among which were support for COVID-19, a record-breaking hurricane season, and increased partnerships with domestic, national, regional, and international agencies involved in disaster relief operations. PDC’s steady and strong growth over the past decade has been largely fueled by increased visibility and credibility resulting from meaningful engagements with the Combatant Commands (CCDM) in almost all geographies, as well as strengthened existing and forged new partnerships at home and abroad. PDC is now an integral part of planning, operational readiness, risk reduction, and disaster response for many CCDMs and domestic and international partner agencies, rightfully recognized as a preferred and credible partner in science- and evidence-based disaster reduction and related decision-making processes. In 2020, PDC's DisasterAWARE supports DoD's RAPIDS as well as EMOPS (supporting the Department's and its partner's DSCA and HA/DR missions, U.S. Interagency, U.S state and local emergency managers, the international community, and partner nations), Disaster Alert (nearly 2M public users), as well as a host of national and regional systems in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA Centre). The system has also been adopted by the private sector as "DisasterAWARE Enterprise.".
Fiscal Year 2021 PDC's healthy growth has also been augmented and aided by "externally-funded" projects - those funded outside of the CA base funding. While PDC's DisasterAWARE flagship product continues to attract many, its risk assessment and analytical capabilities are playing an ever-increasing role in informed decision-making for CCDMs and all stakeholders. PDC's partnership with CCDMs to develop analytical products addressing "Women, Peace, and Security," "Green-White" networks to help identify and develop strategies against malice actors, and "National Fragility" index to help quantify changing landscapes of national security and stability are all but a few examples of PDC's maturing Global Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA) program, aided by CCDM's partnerships in supporting and funding National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) projects around the globe.
Fiscal Year 2023 1) Provided disaster management technology, tools, and services through DisasterAWARE Pro, a powerful and reliable early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform; Disaster Alert, a free, public application of DisasterAWARE that provides individuals, families, and their loved ones with the information they need to stay safe anywhere in the world; and RAPIDS, designed for DoD to provide global situational awareness for disaster risk reduction and critical information supporting Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) missions. 2) Incorporated new hazard sources for NASA Global Floods through scaled architecture and Canada Met into DisasterAWARE Pro. 3) Provided automated hazard monitoring for 19,877 hazard events and produced 136,783 automated products. 4) Delivered decision support products, including impacts and needs assessments during major disaster response operations for Hurricanes Fiona, Ian, Lisa and Nicole. 5) Expanded National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) Support to Colombia (2022-2023), Eastern Caribbean (2022-2023), Suriname (2023-2024), and Ecuador (2023-2024). 6) Co-chaired the United Nation’s Global Information Management Working Group for GIS (IMWG) with UNICEF to improve inclusion and accessibility to GIS technology to all partners in the humanitarian and development space (traditional and non-traditional).
Sec. 8128 from P.L. 106-79 (DoD appropriations Act of FY2000), Title DoD appropriations Act of FY2000 and 10 USC 2358, Section Sec. 8128 from P.L. 106-79
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Both the general public and government departments would benefit from the information generated from PDC Program.
See CFR 200 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedures are detailed in the relevant announcement.
Award Procedure
Applicant should submit proposals as requested for in the relevant announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Approval information is detailed in the announcement.
From 1 to 15 days. Any appeal should be submitted to the WHS/AD designated Point of Contact for consideration.
From 30 to 60 days. Renewal information will be detailed in the agreement.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals is detailed in the published relevant announcement.
How may assistance be used?
This Cooperative Agreement being awarded through a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), and in accordance with 2 CFR 200. There will have substantial government involvement. The intent is to select a single organization to be the Managing Partner. Applicants must provide information that addresses its vision, experience and qualifications to administer and grow complex public-private organizations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Required reporting will be specified in the award.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Record keeping requirements will be according to the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records required by the CFR.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: Statutory formula - N/A Matching Requirements: voluntary MOE requirements - N/A
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of time for this Cooperative Agreement is 5 years. One (1) cooperative agreement award, with in-scope post-award modifications to add new projects quarterly or as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Janice Rice
8725 John J Kingman Rd
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 USA
Phone: 571-767-1373
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$15,177,776.00; FY 23 est $15,618,246.00; FY 24 est $25,796,022.00; FY 21$11,500,000.00; FY 20$13,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Historically, projects have ranged in cost from $25,000.00 to over $10,000,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2021 a) BioSurveillance Information Service (BioServ) – Through collaboration with U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC), and Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2), a BioSurveillance Information Service (BioServ) prototype force health protection requirements. Key global and regional information resources, including those from CDC, WHO, and Pacific Health Surveillance Network, were successfully added to the BioServ capability. These capabilities were transition into the JPEO-CBRND’s Global BioSurveillance Portal (G-BSP) program and continue to be supported by PDC. b) ASEAN (and AHA Centre) DisasterAWARE – PDC helped to enhance the disaster monitoring capacity of the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Centre (AHA Centre) by deploying the DisasterAWARE-based Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS). The work was closely coordinated with ASEAN and included comprehensive training and capacity building exercises. c) Advanced Analytics – Through the INDOPACOM Advanced Analytics project, PDC was able to leverage a systems approach to analyzing and assessing the influence of non-state malign actors, fragility, and disaster risk to AOR-wide HA/DR activities. The output of this work allows for the synchronization of interventions by INDOPACOM or FYVE partners in addressing areas of systemic weaknesses to strengthen resilience and decrease dependencies on foreign response during times of crisis thereby increasing stability in the region. d) National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) – Sponsored and supported by four geographical Combatant Commands (CCDM), a number of countries have leveraged PDC’s NDPBA Program to assess and strengthen their national disaster preparedness strategies. The NDPBA takes a holistic approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR) consistent with the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, The Hyogo Framework for Action, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This approach seeks to promote a “culture of prevention” and serves to reduce disaster risk and losses through the examination and integration of disaster management practices and risk assessments. e) Women, Peace and Security Program – Through WPS Program, PDC was able to discover, assess, and package relevant gender-specific data into useful strategic information into a single system to support the Combatant Commands’ capability and enhancements to shape relationships with partner nations in dealing with the unique challenges affecting women, peace, and security (WPS). The program establishes actionable approaches to support gender-based resilience and security for better informed planning and operations in support of DoD WPS mission objectives.
Fiscal Year 2023 The National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) project takes a holistic approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This approach seeks to promote a culture of prevention and serves to reduce disaster risk and losses through the examination and integration of evidence-based decision-making. PDC’s NDPBA provides a repeatable and measurable approach to examining key elements of DRR, and uses a methodology consisting of five distinct, yet complementary components: 1) Focused stakeholder engagements in the form of facilitated Workshops and Knowledge Exchanges; 2) Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA); 3) Disaster Management Analysis (DMA); 4) Creation and promotion of a common foundation for data gathering and sharing; and 5) Application of findings to support a 5-year plan of action. The results of the NDPBA are provided to all stakeholders through PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform where they are maintained for use in support of disaster planning, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. PDC’s NDPBA is a collaborative, scientific assessment that promotes a multi-agency approach to disaster risk reduction and national disaster preparedness. The assessment identifies conditions throughout each country and the region that make communities capable of responding to hazards effectively and helping decision makers to: 1) Understand hazard exposure of people, property, critical infrastructure, and lifelines located in zones that are subject to potential losses; 2) Reduce vulnerability by isolating the characteristics that make communities and systems most susceptible to the damaging effects of disasters; 3) Increase coping capacity by identifying the capacity of people, organizations, and systems to manage adverse conditions; 4) Strengthen governance and create institutional mechanisms needed to support policy decisions that build resilience, protect lives, and reduce disaster losses; 5) Prioritize budgets and investments using science-based data that support disaster risk reduction decision-making in a multi-hazard environment which includes the impacts of climate change. During FY22-23, the PDC began four new assessments for the following: Colombia, Eastern Caribbean, Suriname, and Ecuador."


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