Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative
PWA is implementing the Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiatives with the goal of building capacity, improving connectivity and increasing coordination and collaboration among governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector. With the U.S. – Japan alliance as its foundation, this Initiative focuses on civil-military emergency response policies, planning and execution. This Initiative increases understanding among military and civilian disaster managers and works to strengthen coordination among regional disaster response organizations. This Initiative features a variety of workshops and forums and culminates with the publication of a series of policy papers.
PWA Meets With U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Senior Officials
June 29, 2016 – Peace Winds America (PWA) CEO, Aanenson, with Civil-Military Program Manager, Ehrenfeld, and Board Member, General Conant, met the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Admiral Harris, and other PACOM officials in Honolulu, Hawaii, from June 26th to 29th.
PWA and PACOM officers and staff reviewed disaster preparedness and response within the Pacific region with the intent to reduce the impact of disasters through more effective planning and training before disasters strike, and more collaboration and targeting during response.
During the trip, PWA also held discussions with officers at the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Pacific Affairs. In addition, PWA met with the Hawaii National Guard and the USPACOM AID/OFDA Representative.
PWA Meets With Taiwan Delegation
June 10, 2016 – Peace Winds America (PWA) met with a delegation of five from the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND), with U.S. officials, on June 10th to discuss strengthening disaster preparedness and response in Taiwan. The leader of the delegation from Taiwan, Major General Chung-ChenTsai, informed the group how much they have learned from the lessons of typhoons Morakot and Haiyan.
The groups stressed “whole of society” preparedness and response and explored where roles and responsibilities can be maximized based upon the responders’ respective strengths and limitations. The mechanisms for soliciting and proffering disaster assistance need to be clarified before disasters strike and may differ among the various donors and recipients.
PWA and the Taiwan Government ministries and civil society are exploring a disaster preparedness initiative involving countries in the Asia Pacific.
October 29, 2015 – PWA staff presented on civil-military cooperation to the 84th Civil Affairs Battalion at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Click here for more information.
July 22, 2015 – PWA held a panel discussion in Tokyo on July 10, moderated by Dr. Michael Green of CSIS, to discuss the new trilateral HA/DR report. Click here for more information.
June 26, 2015 – PWA published its final report as part of its ongoing Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative. The full report is available for download, as well as Japanese/English conclusions and executive summaries. Click here.
November 19, 2014 – PWA joined government officials, business and foundation leaders at a CSIS-hosted and U.S.-Philippines Society-organized panel on the lessons learned one year from Typhon Haiyan. Click here for summary and multimedia.
October 3, 2014 – PWA held a second disaster preparedness workshop as part of its Japan-U.S.-Philippines Initiative. Held in Manila at the Asian Development Bank, this event focused on “Implementing Lessons Learned.” Click here to read more and for workshop materials.
March 27 , 2014 – PWA held a public roundtable discussion on civil-military disaster coordination between the United State and Japan. The forum, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., featured numerous subject matter experts. Click here for a summary of the event and list of panelists.
March 19 , 2014 – Peace Winds America held a two-day forum and roundtable discussion in Manila to discuss aspects of medical care in the response to Typhoon Haiyan. The event was hosted by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. Click here for a summary and event materials.
February 6 , 2014 – PWA COO Weston Konishi and East-West Center Fellow Andrew Oros published a National Bureau of Asian Research Analysis Brief on cooperation between the two nations in the recent Typhoon Haiyan and lessons learned from the disaster. Click here to download a pdf of the article.
January, 2014 – Launching the new Japan-U.S.-Philippines trilateral Initiative and seeking to capture the lessons learned from the recent Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, PWA held a hands-on workshop in Tokyo. Click here to access and for program materials.
May, 2013 – Peace Winds America is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013-2015 Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative. Following the successful conclusion of the 2011-2012 Japan-U.S. Initiative, PWA is excited to continue progress on this critical topic. Click here to learn more.
April, 2013 – Culminating the 2011-2012 Japan-U.S. Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative, Peace Winds America announces the publication of its final Report. Strengthening the Alliance: HA/DR Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific. Click here to learn more.
October, 2012 – A policy forum brought together senior officials to review Initiative progress, findings and results. PWA wishes to thank CSIS and Japan Chair Dr. Michael Green for holding the event. Click here for an event summary.
June, 2012 – A report on the PWA June disaster preparedness workshop and related materials is now available. Click here to access.
February, 2012 – PWA held two senior-level policy forums in February to build on progress to date and prepare for the upcoming disaster preparedness workshop. Click here for more information about these events.
October, 2011 – PWA is pleased to report the successful conclusion of our September disaster preparedness workshop. Click here for more information about this event and materials from the workshop.
May, 2011 – Drawing together a diverse group of disaster planners, managers and policymakers, this Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative forum laid the groundwork for productive collaborations and policy discussions throughout the course of the Initiative.
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March, 2010 – Peace Winds America, along with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and Japan International Cooperation Agency co-hosted the 2010 U.S. – Japan Civil-Military Disaster Assistance Workshop.
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“The Armed Forces of the Philippines has made great progress on typhoon preparation and coordination…I directly attribute the low number of casualties to the Government of the Philippines preparations to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people. Whatever we did with Yolanda lessons learned and your efforts at PWA has definitely worked.”
– Lt. Col. Rodney Legowski, G3, U.S. 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 2015
“What Peace Winds America has done is really phenomenal… with few people, with a lot of good collaboration and a multiplier effect in the region, [Peace Winds America] has put out some of the most influential and cutting edge analysis and policy recommendations on how to prepare for and respond to HA/DR operations. They have really found ways to tie together the seams that are such a problem when you’re trying to respond: the civil-military, the NGO, the local host government.”
– Dr. Michael Green, CSIS
Support for the Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative has been provided in part by donors which include the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and other donors.
The strength of the Civil-Military Initiative lies in our partners. We draw our participants from four main areas: military organizations, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits, and the private sector. Establishing rapport, lines of communication and collaboration among these organizations is essential for when disaster strikes. Participants in our programs include: