SOUTHEAST &  CARIBBEAN DISASTER RECOVERY PARTNERSHIP

ABOUT US

The Southeast coastal region is vulnerable to a variety of disasters that can impact the vitality and long-term viability of its coastal communities. Planning and building capacity for disaster recovery provides an opportunity to build resilience to future hurricanes, flooding, and other hazards.
 

DISASTERS

The impact of natural disasters in the United States and its Caribbean territories is rising. 

Number of billion dollar* disasters

* Adjusted for inflation. Source: NCDC/NOAA

THE SOUTHEAST & CARIBBEAN DISASTER RECOVERY PARTNERSHIP

The Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Recovery Partnership (SCDRP) is an affiliation of public, private, and non-profit organizations who share their experience, expertise, and resources with one another. Through initial funding from NOAA Office of Coastal Management and in-kind support of many agencies and firms, SCDRP offers a platform for regional collaboration and learning. In addition, we have funded on-the-ground training, planning, and research in Southeastern states and territories. We welcome you to join our efforts.
 
 

Regional Relationships

SCDRP uses a variety of formats to maintain a disaster recovery community of practice across the Southeast and in the Caribbean territories. We hold regular calls and use a listserv to share resources. We also get together once a year to discuss critical topics face-to-face and generate networking opportunities.  All of our events and resources are open to anyone who wishes to join.

Examples of our efforts
 

SCDRP has held workshops with our partners in Charleston, Raleigh, St. Petersburg, and Savannah. At our workshops, we host an interactively and lively agenda. We encourage all speakers and audience members to consider themselves active participants. Click here to learn more about our annual workshops!

STRENGTHENING REGIONAL CAPACITY

Because the Southeast and Caribbean are vulnerable to many of the same hazards like coastal storms, we can learn a lot from one another. SCDRP brings together professionals engaged in variety of disaster recovery capacities from across the Southeast to share best practices and innovate for a more resilient future. The Business Leadership Civic Center, an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, suggests a regional approach to disaster recovery planning provides a better platform for communication and leveraging of resources to build resiliency.
 

RECOVERY PLANNING

Communities can plan for disaster recovery before or after a disaster strikes. At SCDRP, we particularly support pro-active pre-disaster recovery planning. Recovery planning builds knowledge and capacity specific to recovery among a wide net of community leaders, businesses, and residents.  Recovery plans support effective use of post-disaster funding and help communities get back on their feet quickly – reducing the cost of an extended, expensive rebuilding process.
 

Why Plan for Recovery?

Recovery planning also allows communities to pre-determine priorities for recovery, like which infrastructure to repair first or whether to incorporate resilience measures into rebuilding, which reduces the number of difficult decisions to be made in the aftermath of a disaster. 

Examples of Our Work

 

SCDRP funded the development of disaster recovery and redevelopment plans in Brunswick/Glynn County and Brantley County, Georgia. These plans identify critical hazards and long-term stressors that pose risks for communities. They also determine the key organizations and agencies that should be at the table for long-term recovery.

BUSINESSES & ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Not only are coastal businesses vulnerable to storms and flooding, they play an important role in the recovery and redevelopment of communities after disasters. The Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Recovery Partnership promotes business continuity training and the engagement of the private sector in coastal disaster recovery planning.

 

Brad Dean,

Former CEO

Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Economy during Recovery

 

Businesses are vulnerable to physical and economic damages caused by natural disasters. For example, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce estimates that a 20% decrease in hotel occupancy caused by a storm event could translate into an economic loss of over $7 million per day. Another study showed that a year after Superstorm Sandy, 39% of small businesses were operating at a loss and 86% of firms still needed recovery-related financing.

Our Leadership

 

Through research and outreach, the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Recovery Partnership is identifying and communicating strategies for business involvement in disaster recovery planning and public-private partnerships in disaster recovery. SCDRP also supports resilience seminars for businesses to prepare themselves for a possible disaster.

 

WHO WE ARE

The Partnership is comprised of a wide variety of organizations and individuals, from government to businesses to nonprofits. Some work in disaster-specific fields, while others work in areas that overlap with recovery issues. The SCDRP is led by an Advisory Committee and staffed by the Director and a Research and Program Assistant.

BARBARA BISCHOF, PHD  Director

SCDRP ADVISORY BOARD

Lindy Betzhold, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Mary Conley, The Nature Conservancy

Rick DeVoe, SC Sea Grant Consortium

James Green, Strategic BCP

Robert Haywood, FEMA

Debra Hernandez, SECOORA

Jennifer Kline, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Coastal Management Program

Amanda Martin, NC Office of Recovery & Resiliency

Gavin Smith, PhD, AICP, NC State University

Adam Stein, NOAA Ocean & Coastal Management

 

JOIN US

Want to make the Southeast more resilient?  We welcome interested individuals and organizations into the Partnership. There are no applications, fees, or commitments for membership. Our network includes federal, state and local governments, businesses, chambers of commerce, industry organizations, economic developers, and liaisons to the private sector, and nonprofits. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved or simply staying up to date on our work. 

Funding for this project is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Award No. NA16NOS4730007) through the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation to the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA).