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Pacific Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Response Information Network and Training Services (Pacific EMPRINTS)/ National Disaster Life Support (NDLS)-Pacific Regional Center and Hawaii State Civil Defense present:
2010 Third Annual Pacific Preparedness Conference:


MARCH 31, 2010
8:00AM - 4:30PM

Japanese Cultural Center
of Hawaii
Manoa Grand Ballroom
2454 South Beretania St., 5F
Honolulu, HI 96826


Opens: January 25, 2010

Jan. 25 - Mar. 8, 2010

Registration Fee: $100
Students: $60

Mar. 9 - 28, 2010

Registration Fee: $125
Students: $75
The 2010 Third Annual Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations in Natural Disasters will be held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's Manoa Grand Ballroom on March 31, 2010.

Researchers are in agreement that vulnerable and special needs populations are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. At-risk populations that face social, political and/or economic vulnerabilities include the poor and/or homeless, the elderly, people with mobility or other physical impairments, children, those who have mental health problems, people with special medical needs, single parents, those with language barriers, etc. Especially challenging is identifying vulnerable populations that are dispersed within the general population and are unable to communicate their needs to those who can assist them in a disaster, particularly if evacuation is required. This Conference attempts to identify some of the key considerations in addressing at-risk populations and offers skills-building sessions that can help improve preparedness and response within our communities.

Top national and local experts in disaster management will address critical issues regarding certain vulnerable populations.

*NOTE: Courtesy van transportation to and from the airport is available for participants from the neighbor islands. For more details, please visit the "Transportation Section" on the conference website.


  • Emergency Management Professionals
  • First Responders
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Exercise Development & Training Personnel
  • Public Health Personnel
  • Community Health Professionals
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Long Term Care Professionals
  • Social Services Leaders
  • Community Advocates
  • Community Organizers


At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:
  1. identify specific vulnerabilities among populations with which the participants work;
  2. formulate strategies to better address or mitigate these vulnerabilities; and
  3. understand how disaster management tools can be applied within their own organizations or other professional environments.


Pacific EMPRINTS is committed to the development of a continuing education program which fully meets the required core competencies of the field and is consistent with national training strategies.

The four goals of Pacific EMPRINTS are to help Pacific professionals and personnel in disaster management to:
  1. recognize terroristic and other public health emergencies, including natural disasters;
  2. meet the acute care needs of the population, including vulnerable populations;
  3. participate in a coordinated, multi-disciplinary response to terrorist events and other public health emergencies; and
  4. rapidly and effectively alert the public health system of an event at the community, state and national levels.


Pacific EMPRINTS is a broad-based consortium of public and private health education and health service providers that was initially established with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resource Services Administration in September 2005. It provides continuing education programs for health care professionals, emergency responders and other disaster management personnel.

We offer 60+ online and podcast courses, 11 problem-based learning and 16 GIS/GPS courses, 50+ informational lectures, mini-simulation and live training exercises and annual conferences to address natural disasters, technological hazards, and public health emergencies. Our online courses, which provide AMA PRA Category I™ credits via the Yale School of Medicine, include learners from 50 U.S. states and 38 countries, and course enrollments exceed 45K. Our total enrollments for all trainings number approximately 60K.

Since 2008, Pacific EMPRINTS has also been authorized by the American Medical Association as the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS)-Pacific Regional Training Center. It is one of only 35 NDLS Regional Training Centers in the United States and is the only such center in Hawaii. The NDLS courses offered by Pacific EMPRINTS stress a comprehensive all-hazards approach to assist physicians and other health professionals, emergency responders, and disaster management personnel to better address catastrophic emergencies from terrorist acts (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives), natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, floods) to other public health emergencies, including infectious diseases.