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La Alianza para la Resiliencia ante Desastres del Sudeste y el Caribe (SCDRP) es una afiliación diversa y multidisciplinaria  de organizaciones públicas, privadas y sin fines de lucro que fortalecen la capacidad de las comunidades costeras, las economías y el medio ambiente de la región para recuperarse de la próxima tormenta costera.

 

La Alianza conecta a los profesionales de la recuperación ante desastres de entornos públicos, privados y sin fines de lucro y proporciona una plataforma para la capacitación, los recursos y las relaciones que las comunidades costeras necesitan para recuperarse.  El SCDRP está dirigido por una Junta Asesora y cuenta con un Asistente de Programa. 

ÚNASE A NUESTRAS REUNIONES MENSUALES

La participación en nuestras reuniones mensuales es gratuita y se realiza de forma virtual. Queremos estar seguros de permanecer abiertos a todos los que estén interesados en la resiliencia y la adaptación climática.

Obtenga las últimas actualizaciones de SCDRP y vea cómo estamos trabajando para lograr nuestra misión.

De acuerdo con nuestra misión, la participación en SCDRP está disponible gratuitamente para cualquier persona interesada en aprender y compartir sobre resiliencia y adaptación climática. Es fundamental que todas las voces, independientemente de su capacidad de pago, puedan unirse a este diálogo.

Nuestro servicio de lista muestra cómo los más de 300 participantes de todos los sectores e intereses de la resiliencia comparten información como:

• seminarios web y eventos en línea;

• actualizaciones importantes de políticas o leyes;

• actualizaciones regionales, boletines informativos, importantes  anuncios;

• llama a formar parte de los comités;

• oportunidades laborales en campos relacionados con la resiliencia;

• convocatorias de propuestas y anuncios de financiación;

• pide a los miembros aportaciones sobre herramientas y productos

Build regional capacity for resilience and recovery planning 

El SCDRP aumenta la coordinación y la colaboración entre sectores y geografías, involucrando a las partes interesadas a través de talleres y eventos de intercambio de información.

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What We Do

SCDRP evalúa los desafíos que enfrentan las empresas en la planificación de la recuperación y proporciona estrategias para mejorar la recuperación económica.

Build business resilience and advance collaboration across public and private sectors

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Help states, territories, and local organizations advance disaster recovery capacities

SCDRP has invested in state and local projects that advance disaster recovery planning, implementation, learning, and training. 

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Realizamos llamadas regulares y usamos un listserv para compartir recursos. También nos reunimos una vez al año para discutir temas críticos y generar oportunidades de networking. 

Maintain relationships and share resources

Personal de SCDRP

Heather McCarthy, directora ejecutiva de SCDRP

Josephine Jeni Justin, coordinadora del programa SCDRP 

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Heather P. McCarthy has been the Executive Director of SCDRP since August 2022 and brings to the Partnership more than two decades of experience in coastal zone management, environmental writing and education, and marine and estuarine research. Heather earned her Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Central Florida (1995), and her Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment (1998). Heather specializes in environmental communication – including scientific writing, facilitating meetings, public speaking, and building consensus among diverse stakeholders. Heather’s professional background includes work within the private, governmental, non-profit, and academic sectors. Within the private sector, Heather developed habitat conservation plans for endangered species as Senior Scientist with Ecological Associates, Inc. (Jensen Beach, FL). With ties to the governmental and non-profit sectors, Heather has enjoyed teaching and conducting research within the field of coastal ecology through programs at the Environmental Learning Center (Vero Beach, FL), Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (Fort Pierce, FL), the former Caribbean Marine Research Center (Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas), the Smithsonian Marine Station (Fort Pierce, FL), and the NOAA-NMFS Laboratory (Beaufort, NC). As the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Heather taught workshops for teachers, developed curricula for students, pursued funding sources, and presented environmental education programs at public outreach events. Within the academic sector, Heather has served Jacksonville University in several capacities since 2007, including Research Associate, Biology Lab Manager, and Adjunct Professor of Biology. Heather published the book Sandhills, Swamps & Sea Islands: Environmental Guidebook to Northeast Florida (276 pp). Heather lives fulltime onboard her sailboat with her family in Jacksonville, FL, and sails seasonally throughout the eastern U.S. and Caribbean.

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Tina Jackson

SCDRP Program Coordinator

Tina is a native of the State of Florida and a Certified Wildlife Biologist who is broadly interested in data collection and analysis, climate change impacts, resiliency, and collaborative partnerships. She has a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science from Jacksonville University (JU), an M.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida (UF) as well as graduate certificates in Natural Resource Policy and Administration and Environmental Education and Communication from UF. Her undergraduate research investigated climate change impacts on Florida ecosystems and utilized GIS. Her graduate research focused on the implementation of the Broader Impacts initiative for an NSF grant and investigated the potential for scientist-teacher partnerships to co-develop simulations and curriculum to teach climate change impacts to Florida high-school students. During her career, she spent 10 years in the medical field before serving a two-year AmeriCorps term of service with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Southeast, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. There, she gained experience with Navy environmental medias such as Hazardous Waste, Storm-water, NEPA, Installation Restoration, Tank & Spill, Air, EMS and Forestry. As a government contractor, she obtained over 20 DOD certifications and assisted with all aspects of the base environmental program including environmental inspections, disaster drills and response efforts. Since then, Tina has worked as an environmental consultant where she manages government projects. She has 12 years of experience at over 15 installations across the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. In 2022, she founded Fauna Conservation and Analytics, LLC., a firm focused on providing natural resources consulting and nature-based resilience solutions for the DOD and other entities.

Miembros del Consejo Asesor

State of North Carolina

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Brian Byfield

North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resilience (NCORR)

Brian is currently the Resilient Communities Program Manager for the North Carolina Office of Recovery & Resiliency (NCORR). He is an Urban and Regional Planner with more than 28 years of experience across sustainability and resiliency planning, transportation infrastructure development, and land use optimization. Brian has worked for national government bodies, stage agencies, nonprofit organizations and consulting firms. His clients have included municipalities, regional development organizations and State Departments of Transportation across nine States but primarily in North Carolina. Brian is an avid football fan (yes, the one where only feet are used) who ardently supports Arsenal FC. He completed his Masters in City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. His Bachelors in Environmental Resource Development & Regional Planning is from the University of Technology in Jamaica. He and his wife are now empty nesters residing in Durham NC. He strongly advocates that the typically underrepresented get an effective seat at the table before discussions begin.

State of South Carolina

Amanda Guthrie

South Carolina SeaGrant

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Amanda Guthrie is the Coastal Climate and Resilience Specialist at the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. She provides science-based guidance to help communities address current and future resilience priorities while taking into consideration community interests and values. Amanda engages with municipalities and community leaders about their vulnerability and resilience concerns.

 

Amanda earned a B.S. in marine science and biology from the University of Miami, a M.S. in fisheries management from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in coastal resources ecology and management from the William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Prior to joining South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, Amanda had fellowships with the National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program, where she researched the intersection of community health and green infrastructure, and with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, where she led a team of researchers evaluating the social and ecological feasibility of offshore aquaculture for the Gulf coast of Florida.

State of Georgia

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE ON 2024 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Kait Morano

Georgia Tech

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Kait Morano is a Research Scientist II at the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech. Her interests include urban planning, climate change, and spatial analysis, and her work focuses on designing innovative, equitable strategies to build community resilience. At IPaT, she serves as the Resilience Planning Director of the Coastal Equity and Resilience (CEAR) Hub. Kait holds a bachelor’s in Geography from Virginia Tech and a master’s of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, where she specialized in Geographic Information Systems. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Kait worked as a senior urban planner for a local government on the Georgia coast, as a research assistant at the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization at Georgia Tech, and as an ORISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State of Florida

CHAIR OF 2024
ADVISORY BOARD

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Duane De Freese

Indian River Lagoon Council

Duane De Freese earned his MS and PhD in marine biology from Florida Institute of Technology and completed his post-doctoral research with University of Florida working on the Indian River Lagoon. During his career, he has held leadership positions in academia, non-profit organizations, and industry. Since 2015, Duane has served as Executive Director of the IRL Council, an independent special district of the State of Florida, and host agency for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. Duane is an active volunteer at local, state and national levels. Over his career Duane has been appointed by three Florida Governors to serve on statewide advisory boards: Florida Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force (appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis, 2019 – present); CareerSource Florida Inc. (appointment by Governor Rick Scott, 2013-2022); and the Nature and Heritage Tourism Committee of Florida Tourism Commission (appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, 2001-2005). Duane has published numerous scientific articles. He is an avid public speaker, surfer, and waterman.

Puerto Rico

Lilian Ramirez Durand

UPR SeaGrant

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Lillian Ramírez-Durand have been a research associate for Sea Grant Puerto Rico since 2003. She works as the Coastal Communities Development and Climate Extension Specialist in Sea Grant PR she provides extension services related to climate extension and resiliency to coastal communities in the archipelago of Puerto Rico. In 2016 the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and Sea Grant Puerto Rico signed a MOU joined by a common mission to improve preparedness, relief and recovery of communities affected by disasters. Since that she is in charge to work together in the spirit of cooperation and open communication, consistent with law, with the primary goal of improving education and training to reduce the impacts of disasters. She is responsible for the coordination of professional development and capacity building training activities related to climate change, resilience, adaptation, and mitigation. 

U.S. Virgin Islands

Hilary Lohmann

USVI Division of Coastal Zone Management

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Hilary Lohmann has worked in small island resilience around the Caribbean for almost ten years, including work in the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Belize and the US Virgin Islands. She studied Animal Behavior and Spanish at Bucknell University, received a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and completed a Fulbright scholarship with the University of the West Indies. Hilary has been working in the USVI since 2016 and has been the Coastal Resilience Coordinator since 2019. With a background in natural and social sciences and a unique position in the territory, Hilary works on a diverse set of projects that improve the planning, mitigation, and adaptation to changes that face the natural and built environment, communities and systems of the US Virgin Islands.

Non-profit Organization

Ashley Ward

Duke University Nicholas Institute for

Energy, Environment & Sustainability

VICE-CHAIR OF 2024
ADVISORY BOARD

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Dr. Ashley Ward is a climate-health and resilience expert with over a decade of experience in federal policy. She is a lifelong resident of NC04, a community college graduate, a PhD, and a three-time UNC alumni. At 30 years old and with two small children, Ashley enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill where she completed her Bachelor’s, Master’s, then PhD. After completing her PhD, Ashley taught at UNC for several years before accepting a position at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). With NOAA, Ashley worked in communities throughout the Carolinas helping them navigate federal policy, use science to improve decision-making, and build resilience against climate extremes. Ashley’s research focused on heat exposure; however, in her position with NOAA, she and her colleagues worked with communities to address a wide range of impacts from climate extremes and to build resilience against these extremes. Ashley was later recruited to the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, where she currently works in the Water Policy and Climate-Health programs. In her position at Duke, Ashley works with legislators and federal and state policy makers, providing recommendations and guidance on needed policy improvements or in the development of new policy. 

Patrick Howell

Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS)

Patrick Howell has over fifteen years domestic experience spanning the public, private, non-profit and civilian-military sectors, and seven years of experience in international development in Latin America and the Caribbean. He works closely with IBTS’s Board of Directors to strengthen institutional partnerships and develop areas of mutual cooperation, and leads efforts to develop and implement state and local strategies for resilience to natural and man-made disasters.

Patrick is co-founder and president of Hispañola Health Partners, Inc., an international, non-profit, health services organization designed to improve health care services to low resource communities on the island of Hispañola in partnership with local community groups and existing healthcare structures. Patrick holds a BA in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MA in international relations from American University.

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Academic Institution

Jeremy Stalker

Jacksonville University

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Dr. Stalker earned a B.S. in Geological Science at Michigan State University, a M.S. in Geophysics at the University of Montana, and Ph.D. at Florida International University in Geochemistry.  He has taken a path of academics and professional work in his career; besides his academic degrees he has worked as a hydrologist for the United States Geological Survey, as a geophysical consultant in Southeastern Alaska, and as a private hydrologic consultant. Dr. Stalker’s primary research interests are in hydrologic processes at terrestrial ocean margins, including issues of water scarcity, forensics, sea level rise, and climate impacts. Dr. Stalker’s focus in geochemistry is the application of stable isotopes (O,H,S,N,C,Sr) and ionic constituents (Ca,Fe,Mg,Ba,Si) as tracers in hydrologic systems. These tracers occur in unique concentrations and ratios in water from different sources, when applied they can answer numerous questions about the timing and spatial importance of each source. Dr. Stalker also applies geophysical instruments and physical data to build water models to study the impacts of both natural climate change, but also anthropogenic project impacts.

Rick Devoe

College of Charleston

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Rick DeVoe spent his formal 40-year professional life working for the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, having had the pleasure and honor of serving as its Executive Director from 1997 to 2020.  Now officially retired, he is a faculty affiliate with the College of Charleston’s Department of Geosciences and Environmental Geosciences.  DeVoe currently serves on the advisory board of the Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP), where he chairs the Governance Committee, and serves as Vice-chair of the WeGOJA Foundation (formerly the S.C. African American Heritage Foundation).  In 2016, Rick was inducted into The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics.  Rick’s professional interests include coastal and marine resource policy; state and regional coastal ocean planning and policy; coastal resilience; ocean observing, marine aquaculture policy, science-to-application linkages, and science management, communication and education.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduate degrees from CUNY/City College of New York and the University of Rhode Island.

Local Government

Jim Murley

Miami-Dade County

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James F. Murley is the Chief Resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County.  Miami-Dade County, together with the Cities of Miami and Miami Beach, launched their Resilient 305 Strategy in May 2019.  Jim previously served as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs under Governor Lawton Chiles and was appointed Chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission by Governor Charlie Crist.  Additionally, he served as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, spent over 10 years with Florida Atlantic University overseeing research on urban and environmental issues, and served as Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Planning Council.  Jim is a founding member of the American Society for Adaptation Professionals and Resiliency Florida, a Board member of The Florida Ocean Alliance and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association. He serves as Mayor Levine Cava’s designee on the Miami River Commission. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Randall Mathews

Chatham Emergency Management Agency

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Randall Mathews, Assistant Director, has more than 15 years of combined experience in emergency management and military operations. During his tenure at Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), Randall has assumed multiple responsibilities to include overseeing all planning, hazard mitigation and operational functions for CEMA as well as the Chatham County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). During EOC activations, Randall acts as the EOC Manager and ensures that all EOC coordination and operational functions are carried out timely and competently. Prior to joining CEMA in 2014, Randall served in the Marine Corps Infantry from 2006-2010. Randall went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management at Savannah State University a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of West Georgia.

Federal Government

Katharine Egan 
NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART)

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Katharine Egan is the NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Coordinator, focused on fostering collaborations, developing and maintaining partnerships, and achieving regional objectives to enhance NOAA’s services to the communities and partners in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She leads a team of NOAA personnel and partners forming the Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART). Katharine has been with NOAA since 2014, starting off as Hollings Scholar with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) where she analyzed data from NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program. After graduating with a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, she started contracting with NCCOS as a GIS Analyst, working on various projects related to coral reefs in the U.S. Caribbean. Katharine pursued a Master's degree from the University of the Virgin Islands with a focus on creating habitat maps of endangered coral species. She joined NOAA again as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in 2019 with NOAA Ocean Exploration where she remained for five years. During her time there, Katharine worked with partners to enhance the office's data collection, management, and analysis processes. She also served as a Program Coordinator focused on coordinating activities and fostering collaborations across NOAA to enhance the agency’s ‘omics portfolio.

Private Sector

Hollie Janson Schmidt

Jacobs

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Hollie Janson Schmidt is a Principal and the Global Solutions Director of Sustainability, Resilience & Climate Response for the Americas Region at Jacobs. She provides consulting and advisory services to a wide range of public, private, and federal clientele. She is also the Director of the Sustainability, Resilience & Climate Response Business Advisory as a trusted business partner for internal project delivery and growth as well as external client services. In her 28 years of practice, Hollie has honed an integrated planning and delivery approach, with a particular focus on large-scale, complex projects. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Strategic and Master Plans, Feasibility Studies, Business Case Analysis and Site Selection. Serving all market and client types at Jacobs, she is a consultant and advisor who leads large, diverse teams of planners, designers and the full spectrum of engineers and technical experts to collaborate with decision-making leaders, scenario evaluations, implementation plans and highly resilient and sustainable solutions. Hollie is known for utilizing an inter-disciplinary approach by assembling a diverse team of SME’s that are customized to specific client needs. Hollie provides resilient solutions either as a preventative or recovery service for large-scale clients who are experiencing vulnerabilities to natural and man-made shocks and stressors. She addresses ESG and climate response while holistically considering the physical, human, and business aspects of the challenge.

​Jeff Morris

Moffatt & Nichol

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Mr. Morris currently serves as a Senior Planning and Economics Consultant for Moffatt & Nichol. He currently advises Miami-Dade County in partnership with the USACE on the MDC Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. Prior to working with M&N, he worked for the USACE. His roles included project and program management, planning, economics, public involvement, and policy development for water resources projects. He has experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in flood risk management and mitigation, ecosystem restoration, coastal storm risk management and resilience, shoreline and riverbank protection and restoration, watershed management, recreation, and hurricane evacuation preparedness and response. He participated in recovery efforts of Hurricane Andrew and the 1993 Storm of the Century. He has led three Georgia Hurricane Evacuation studies in coordination with FEMA, NOAA, GEMA, and County EMAs since 2000, participated as the USACE hurricane liaison at the Georgia State Operation Center, and in collaboration with the emergency management community of practice, funded, prepared, and distributed to 105 counties 208,000 copies of The Official Georgia Hurricane Guide. 

Ex-officio (Fiscal Agent)

Debra Hernandez

SECOORA

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Debra Hernandez currently serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).  SECOORA, a nonprofit operating in the states of NC, SC, GA and FL, is one of eleven regional partners in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.  SECOORA’s mission is to catalyze and integrate the efforts of multiple ocean and coastal monitoring interests to deliver user defined products that save lives, conserve the marine environment and support the economy of our coastal regions.  Debra is a civil engineer with extensive experience in coastal and ocean engineering, management and policy.  She served on the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, currently serves on the SC Sea Grant Consortium Program Advisory Board, The Citadel’s Near Center for Climate Studies and is past-Chair of the IOOS Association.  She graduated from Clemson University and is a native of Charleston, SC.

Socios de SCDRP

  • Servicios de continuidad del negocio atlántico

  • AECOM

  • División de Resiliencia Comunitaria y Planificación Ambiental del Condado de Broward

  • Fundación de Administración de los Estados Costeros

  • Asociación de la industria de mitigación de inundaciones

  • FEMA

  • Departamento de Gestión Costera de Recursos Naturales de Georgia

  • Consultoría Hagerty

  • Programa Nacional del Estuario de Indian River Lagoon
     

  • Instituto de Seguros para la Seguridad Doméstica y Empresarial

  • ICF

  • Universidad de Jacksonville

  • Registro de Lloyd

  • Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Miami-Dade 

  • Cámara de Comercio de Myrtle Beach

  • Universidad Estatal de Carolina del Norte

  • Manejo de Emergencias de Carolina del Norte

  • Subvención del mar de Carolina del Norte

  • Oficina de Gestión Costera de la NOAA

  • Equipo Regional del Sudeste y el Caribe de la NOAA (SEACART)

  • conservación natural

  • Consejo Regional del Noreste de Florida

  • Sea Grant de Puerto Rico

  • SAI Global

  • Smart Home America

  • Manejo de Emergencias de Carolina del Sur

  • Consorcio Sea Grant de Carolina del Sur

  • SECOORA

  • BCP estratégico

  • Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE. UU.

  • División de Gestión de Zonas Costeras de las Islas Vírgenes de EE. UU.

  • Academias Nacionales de Ciencias, Programa de Investigación del Golfo

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