Our Mission
Strengthen disaster preparedness in the Asia Pacific region through capacity building, coordination and collaboration of governments, militaries, NGOs and the private sector.

About Us

Peace Winds America (PWA), is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Seattle and operating internationally. Since 2008, PWA has focused on strengthening preparedness and response to natural disasters in the Asia Pacific, with relief and recovery efforts in Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, and the Philippines.

PWA has established itself as one of the few international NGOs with expertise in Japan and U.S. led disaster preparedness and response. It brings together governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, with a “whole of society” approach. Part of this collaboration involves numerous preparedness programs in Japan, the U.S., Korea, and the Philippines. Those programs have resulted in legislative and procedural changes, improved networking and connectivity among responders, and publications and guides.

Peace Winds America is supported by an outstanding board of directors, chaired by Congressman Jim McDermott. Made up of individuals from the political, academic, military, NGO, and business communities in the United States and Japan, PWA is a catalyst for combining these sectors into a well-coordinated team that is up to the challenges posed by the disaster-prone Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

Our History

Peace Winds America was founded in 2008 by Dr. Charles Aanenson, who brings over 35 years of experience in the field of international aid and development, including leadership positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ford Foundation.

Our Vision

Peace Winds America envisions a world where natural disasters pose a minimal threat to the safety, security and livelihood of people living in the Asia Pacific. Our core belief is that disaster response begins with preparedness, and that both disaster preparedness and response should integrate the efforts of governments, military branches, NGOs and the private sector.

Why the Asia Pacific?

The Asia Pacific is the world’s most disaster affected region. In 2015 the region accounted for:

  • 43% of natural disasters
  • 67% of disaster related deaths
  • 65% of person affected by natural disasters

In 2015 over $92 billion was spent responding to natural disasters, $45 billion of which went to the Asia Pacific.

Why Preparedness?

Investing in disaster preparedness saves money and lives down the road.

  • Studies show that $1 spent in preparedness saves $4-$11 in future response costs.
  • The economic value of preparedness in developing countries is even greater as weak infrastructure is more prone to damage in a natural disaster.