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UH disaster preparedness expert Karl Kim named chair of national consortium

Karl Kim, the executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and a professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences has been named to a three-year term as chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). In this capacity, Kim will lead the consortium in development and delivery of training and educational programs to help safeguard the nation against natural and man-made hazards and threats.

“I look forward to Dr. Kim’s tenure as NDPC Chair,” said Van Romero, NDPC co-founder and Vice President for Research and Economic Development at New Mexico Tech. “His international reputation in disaster management will only enhance the already strong reputation of the consortium. His academic credentials, research and leadership skills are the right mix to shepherd the consortium through difficult challenges. This is a position that impacts the safety and security of our nation, and Dr. Kim is well-equipped to handle the challenge.”

Karl Kim
Karl Kim, chair, National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

It is an honor to take on a leadership role focused on enhancing the nation’s preparedness and disaster response, and recovery capabilities,” Kim said.  “This is an exciting opportunity to further integrate the research being conducted at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in areas such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, sea level rise and other hazards, as well as urban planning and environmental management.  As we look at the science of disasters, we’ll focus on the physical science as well as the social science. We’ll look at the impacts of disasters on communities and households, how we respond to it, how we recover from it and how we rebuild communities affected by these disasters.”

Learn more about the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center in the original UH Mānoa news release.