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SCDRP 2023 Annual Meeting

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Join us in Miami, Florida for SCDRP's 2023 Annual Meeting on January 24th-25th, 2023!
All are welcome to attend! 

The Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) is a coalition of public and private organizations that collectively seeks to strengthen community resilience and support rapid disaster recovery from storms and disasters. The Partnership is the only regional collaboration network for

professionals in emergency management, climate adaptation, and disaster preparedness, recovery, and resilience specifically focused on the U.S. Southeast and Caribbean.


The SCDRP 2023 Annual Meeting will take place at the Novotel Miami Brickell hotel in Miami, Florida from January 24-25, 2023. The theme is “Responding to the Urgency: Working Together to Build Effective Inclusive Resilience.” Eight sessions will be presented on a variety of resilience topics with common threads of how to form partnerships, enhance equity/inclusion, and take effective actions with a sense of urgency. Throughout the 2023 Annual Meeting, the Partnership will engage experts from across the U.S. Southeast and Caribbean, present cutting-edge work on risk reduction and climate extremes, explore use of partnerships to advance resilience efforts, and learn from perspectives and knowledge from the Wider Caribbean region.


This SCDRP Annual Meeting will be the first time in three years that the Partnership has convened in-person – please join us!

Meeting Sessions & Tentative Agenda

Meeting Agenda Link:



Pre - Meeting Events: Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Optional Field Trip (8:00am - 11:00am)
Site visit to Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Wastewater Treatment Plant on Virginia Key, where some critical
infrastructure is hardened and raised for resilience to extreme weather and hurricanes & tour of Virginia Key Mangrove Restoration Site.


Invite Only Meetings (12:00pm - 4:00pm)

  • SCDRP Advisory Board Meeting

  • Focus Session with State Coastal Zone Managers

Evening Meet & Greet (5:00pm - 7:00pm)

Tentative Location: American Social Miami
Drop-in to meet the nominees for SCDRP Advisory Board


Day 1: Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 (8:00am - 5:00pm)


​Welcome and Plenary Opening Remarks

  • Heather McCarthy, Executive Director, SCDRP

  • Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida

  • Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

  • James Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County, Florida


Session 1: Resilience Updates from the States & Territories

  • Moderator: Lindy Betzhold, Lynker/NOAA

  • Mackenzie Todd, North Carolina DEQ Division of Coastal Management

  • Alexander Butler, South Carolina Office of Resilience

  • Jill Andrews, Georgia GA DNR

  • Alex Reed, Florida DEP Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

  • Hilary Lohmann, U.S. Virgin Islands DPNR

  • Dr. Yasmin Detres, CARICOOS

Session 2: Shelter: Before, During, & After a Disaster

  • Moderator: Jon Philipsborn, SLR Consulting

  • Aaron B. Gagné, HUD Office of Disaster Recovery

  • Reese May, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, SBP

  • Dr. Jesse Spearo, Miami-Dade County Emergency Management

Session 3: Approaches to Resilience from the International Caribbean

  • Moderator: Dr. Donya Frank-Gilchrist, USGS

  • Jeremy Collymore, Institute for Sustainable Development, The University of the West Indies

  • Dr. Colin Young, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5 C’s), Belize

  • Rasheed Pinder, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Barbados

  • Gayle Moncur, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), The Bahamas


Session 4:

Part I: Miami-Dade and Wider Caribbean Knowledge Exchange – Meeting the Moment on Climate

  • Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County

  • Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, Miami-Dade County District 1

  • Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, Miami-Dade County District 8

  • Curt G Hollingsworth, Bahamas Consul General Miami

  • General Laura J. Richardson, Commander, U.S. Southern Command

  • Rear Admiral Brendan C. McPherson, Commander, District 7, U.S. Coast Guard

Part II: Leveraging the Deep Bench: University Partners & Local Governments Working Together to Advance Climate Action

  • Moderator: Dr. Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University

  • Dr. Michael Taylor, University of the West Indies - Mona, Jamaica

  • Dr. Roger Pulwarty, NOAA Physical Sciences Lab, Boulder, Colorado

  • Jamie Rhome, National Hurricane Center, NOAA

Social Reception with Mayor Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County and the Consular Corps of Miami

Time: 5pm - 7pm


SCDRP Annual Meeting attendees are invited to join the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and the Consular Corps of Miami for a social reception  with hors d'oeuvre and beverage service.

Location: Private Event at the LIMA Restaurant and UVA Bar, First Floor, Novotel Miami Brickell, 1500 Southwest 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33129


Day 2: Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 (9:30am - 4:00pm)

Partnership Business Meeting (open to Members in Good Standing with current membership)

  • Heather McCarthy, Executive Director, SCDRP

  • Josephine Justin, Program Coordinator, SCDRP

Session 5: Rapid Recovery Between Serial Disasters

  • Moderator: Dr. Meredith Hovis, University of Arizona

  • Dr. Gavin Smith, NC State University

  • Kyla Breland, NOAA Disaster Preparedness Program/Genwest Systems, Inc.

  • Victoria Smalls, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA

  • Ivan Baez, Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart Puerto Rico


Session 6: Community-based Risk Reduction

  • Moderator: Caroline Lewis, CLEO Institute

  • Leonie Hermantin, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center

  • Dr. Katharine Mach, Professor, University of Miami

  • Dr. Pedro Cruz, Sierra Club National

  • Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Stetson University

Session 7: Effective Resilience Partnerships

  • Moderator: Dr. Michelle Covi, Georgia Sea Grant

  • Pamela Berkowsky, Blue Sapphire Strategies

  • Isabel Cosio Carballo, South Florida Regional Planning Council

  • Hollie Schmidt, Jacobs Engineering

  • Dr. Mark Risse, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

  • Matthew Schrader, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Session 8: A Wholistic Approach to Climate and Resilience Equity

  • Moderator: Jane Gilbert, Chief Heat Officer, Miami-Dade County

  • Brock Long, Hagerty Consulting

  • Dr. Kathie Dello, State Climate Office of North Carolina

  • Susannah Tuttle, NC Interfaith Power & Light

Closing Remarks

  • Heather McCarthy, SCDRP Executive Director


Post - Meeting Invite - Only Events

Hosted by Duke Nicholas Institute of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability


Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Dinner for participants with Keynote Speaker, Brock Long, Hagerty Consulting & Former FEMA Administrator 

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 (8:00am - 1:00pm)

Roundtable Meeting with Resilience & Emergency Management Professionals 


  • Non-Member Individual/Student Registration: $400

  • New Member Individual Registration: $350

  • New Member Student Registration: $300

  • Current Member Individual Registration: $350

  • Current Member Student Registration: $300

Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday is included with the registration.

No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline.  Eventbrite fees are non-refundable.


Location: Miami, Florida

Novotel Miami Brickell 
1500 Southwest 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33129


Novotel is completely full for the duration of the SCDRP 2023 Annual Meeting. Hotel rooms are available at the nearby Hotel Indigo, which is a straight, 3-block walk to the meeting at the Novotel.


Click here for information about attractions and restaurants near our venue in the heart of Miami. 

Become a Meeting Sponsor!

Sponsorship can be paid via Eventbrite (includes ticketing fees) or if you prefer to pay by check, please request an invoice by emailing

Bronze Sponsorship: $1,000

  • Includes 1 Individual Registration

  • Logo and links on meeting materials and the meeting website

  • Recognition as a Bronze Sponsor during the meeting


Silver Sponsorship: $2,500

  • Includes 2 Individual Registrations

  • Sponsor a session: acknowledgment in a session description and meeting materials and recognition during the session as the sponsor.

  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor during the meeting

  • Logo and links on material materials and meeting website

  • One page of marketing materials embedded in the meeting agenda pdf


Gold Sponsorship: $5,000

  • Includes 3 Individual Registrations

  • Sponsor a session: acknowledgment in a session description and meeting materials, recognition during the session as a sponsor, provide input on moderator and provide a 5-minute intro to the session topic

  • One six-foot Sponsorship Table located in the Pre-function Area at the in-person Annual Meeting

  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor during the meeting

  • Logo and links on meeting materials and meeting website

  • One-two pages of marketing materials included in the meeting agenda pdf

Scholarship Opportunity

Complimentary Student Registrations and complimentary Individual Registrations will be offered for the 2023 SCDRP Annual Meeting. These scholarships are for meeting registrations only. Scholarship recipients may be requested to volunteer up to 2 hours during the Annual Meeting. 

  • To apply for a scholarship, please include the following application items and submit them in an email to by December 15th, 2022

    • Your Name, Your Organization or Affiliation, Your City/State​

    • In approximately 500 words, please share with us why you would like to attend the 2023 SCDRP Annual Meeting, what you hope to gain, and what you may be able to take back to apply in your own work. 

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