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SCDRP 2023 Annual Meeting Recap

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The Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) convened in Miami, Florida for SCDRP's 2023 Annual Meeting on January 24th-25th, 2023!

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 took place at the Novotel Miami Brickell hotel in Miami, Florida from January 24-25, 2023. The theme was “Responding to the Urgency: Working Together to Build Effective Inclusive Resilience.” Eight sessions were 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 engaged experts from across the U.S. Southeast and Caribbean, presented cutting-edge work on risk reduction and climate extremes, explored use of partnerships to advance resilience efforts, and learned from perspectives and knowledge from the Wider Caribbean region. This SCDRP Annual Meeting was the first time in three years that the Partnership has convened in-person with over 100 people in attendance!

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

Session 4, 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

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 Holistic 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

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