The Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnerships hosts annual interactive workshops to support regional collaboration and capacity building in disaster recovery and resilience.  

Annual Workshops

Each year, the Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership invites disaster recovery professionals to participate in an interactive workshop. Our Annual Workshop features lively presentations, structured time for discussion and interaction, and unstructured time for networking and meeting one another. We highlight local work in our host region at the same time as we seek participants from across the Southeast and Caribbean. In recent years, Workshops have been held in Charleston, Raleigh, St. Petersburg, and Savannah.


Each year, our meeting is planned with the help of our membership via a meeting planning committee, which works to set agenda topics, and reaches into their network to invite speakers and panelists that give their perspective on the most pressing issues in disaster resilience and recovery in the Southeast and Caribbean. If you are interested in joining the planning committee for our next workshop, please feel free to reach out to scdrp at gmail. 

Innovating recovery and resilience 


Our Annual Workshop provides an opportunity to extend and build off of the work of the Partnership. After the release of our white paper For the Long Haul: Public-Private Partnerships for Disaster Recovery, collaborators from NOAA and Sea Grant agencies across the Southeast and the Caribbean implemented a multi-site project to strengthen public private partnerships. In 2018, these partners led our Workshop participants in an afternoon of presentations, analysis, and discussion about engaging across sector lines. Between the 2018 and 2019 Workshops, several pilot efforts began. For example, North Carolina Sea Grant engaged fishermen in Hatteras Village to learn more about how they support one another during disaster recovery. In Florida, Sea Grant used geospatial imagery to help lobstermen locate traps lost during Hurricane Irma. At the January 2019 Workshop, staff on these pilot efforts shared their work.


As a consequence of the SDRP platform for regional collaboration and research development, these pilot efforts strengthened existing and new relationships, and the whole Partnership was able to learn more about how public and private sectors can exchange knowledge and resources.

“I enjoyed the camaraderie and willingness to provide information of individuals and organizations at the meeting.”

“Great connections with other private sector people and organizations. These connections will help both from a business perspective but also in sharing ideas and experience in our pursuit of better public-private partnerships.”


“I was able to reconnect with colleagues while making new connections, hear about recent work going in Georgia, as well as hear what the business continuity and private sector saw in the future of their work. I was also able to connect in person with a potential employer which was extremely valuable.”

“I gained greater understanding of the challenges that are faced in the public sector regarding getting the community involved in sustained resiliency.”

“I met people from my state who are active in different sectors that I’ve not engaged, and I have since followed-up on potential working relationships with them.”


SDRP has held workshops each year since 2016.  

2021 Meeting

Join us for the SCDRP Annual Winter Meeting, 2021 to be held virtually! Registration for the meeting is Free. Please make sure to arrive to the virtual platform early as space is limited.

2020 Meeting

Join us for our Winter Annual Meeting, January 28-29, 2020 in Jacksonville, FL. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with resilience and recovery professionals and academics in the region as we work together to strengthen multi-sector partnerships to achieve success in improving disaster recovery, developing resilience strategies, and discuss lessons learned from recent events.

2019 Workshop

At the January 23-24, 2019 meeting in Savannah, Georgia, SDRP hosted discussions about local efforts to build disaster recovery capacity and innovative ideas in recovery and resilience. The workshop concluded with the development of a brief on top priorities for disaster recovery in the Southeast.

2018 Workshop

At the June 19-20, 2018 meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, SDRP convened leaders from the public and private sectors to focus on resilient disaster recovery. The theme of this meeting was Resilient Disaster Recovery: Building Back Better in the Public and Private Sectors. 

2017 Workshop

At the June 15-16, 2017 meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, SDRP invited its core partners and leaders engaged in the North Carolina Hurricane Matthew recovery to meet one another, share progress on relevant projects, and discuss next steps for the Partnership. This meeting also featured a field trip to post-disaster buyout sites in Eastern North Carolina, led by our own Joe Stanton of North Carolina Emergency Management.