Projects and Portfolio

This is a listing of some of our highlighted project activity. It includes collaborative efforts between CDRP staff and students as well as ongoing applied efforts with outside agencies. It is not all inclusive, and may not include unpublished work or smaller projects.

I3 Exercise

The “Interdependent Infrastructure Incident” (I3) exercise will feature a tabletop (discussion-based) exercise within the framework of a simulated disaster scenario. Experts in emergency management, transportation, communication, power utilities, water utilities and government from the Florida peninsula are encouraged to participate. Participants will be asked to share the information and criteria used to make decisions related to infrastructure restoration and prioritization. In addition to engaging individual experts, roundtable discussions will allow participants to interact with their colleagues from other agencies and disciplines. The I3 project was funded through an NSF grant awarded to Florida Atlantic University, Georgia State University and Lehigh University. CDRP was engaged for assistance with this project based on its long standing reputation for excellence in exercise development and their expertise in HSEEP compliant design. The I3 exercise is organized by the PRAISys Team and will utilize CDRP's Tabletop Exercise System Technology (TEST) software.

National Science Foundation RAPID: Hurricane Irma UAS Dataset

NSF 1762139 was awarded to CDRP in September of 2017 in collaboration with Dr. Robin Murphy at Texas A&M University. The grant will allow the datasets of UAS imagery and data taken in Harvey and Irma to be cleaned, processed, analyzed and published for public use. CDRP and HRAIL data are available at: and

Governor's Hurricane Confernce Social Media Exercise

CDRP has developed and run a social media based exercise at the Governor's Hurricane Conference each year since 2013. This exercise is designed to introduce emergency managers attending the conference to the capabilities of social media before and during a disaster. These exercises used fun and engaging activities to encourage conference attendees to participate during the week and provided valuable lessons and outcomes.

Florida SERT Air Operations Branch

CDRP is a rostered parter in the State of Florida's Air Operations Branch (AOB). CDRP personnel staff two positions in the AOB - Air Mission Coordinator and UAS Coordiantor. In these roles, our staff help coordinate manned and unmanned avaition resources and missions throughout the state during a disaster.

Disaster Incident Research Team (DIRT)

This ongoing program provides a framework and policy for conducting a variety of applied research activities in the field. DIRT research may include data gathering in disasters for academic research projects as well as applied work in the areas of unmanned systems, urban search and rescue, and business recovery.

Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center

Disaster Contractors Network

FSU Virtual Operations Support Team (FSU.VOST)

CDRP/EMHS operates a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) that supports the State of Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) during activations for disasters and critical incidents. VOST provides information support and situational awareness by utilizing student volunteers to mine social media during incidents. This information helps SERT understand what is happening with the public and improves decision making. FSU.VOST is a unique opportunity open to interested students from EMHS and other disciplines. More information is available at

Disaster Management Training Development - Rosseau, Dominica

CDRP faculty members worked closely with the Florida Association of Volunteers Active in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) to conduct training sessions with local emergency managers on the island of Dominica. Trainings were designed specifically for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leaders with sustainability in mind so that these leaders could then train future CERT members.

Governor's Executive Tabletop Exercise - Cyber Sunset 2011

Disaster Housing Resources

Applied Emergency Management Studio - Tierra Amarilla, Atacama Desert, Chile

Faculty, staff, and four students from CDRP partnered with Candelaria Mining Company in Tierra Amarilla, Chile and the University of Chile in Santiago. Over the course of 5 days, students led trainings in disaster preparedness and, in particular, training community members on a communication plan designed specifically for the Tierra Amarilla community. Students designed the plan themselves and ultimately found their project to be a great success with project partners and participants. Community members stated that they felt better equipped to communicate with friends and family regarding the dangerous hazards and effects of natural disasters.

CDRP became initially involved in this project in the aftermath of an extreme flooding event in the Atacama Desert in March 2015. Although it is the driest place on earth, severe rains caused uncharacteristic conditions in the region, leading to the flooding of several populated areas. Tierra Amarilla, a town of about 11,000 residents, was impacted by this disaster, and many survivors lost loved ones, their homes, and possessions. In a disaster of this magnitude, it is often difficult to communicate with those affected. FSU EMHS faculty and staff advised students on the development of the communication plan for Tierra Amarilla, bearing in mind the physical and technological constraints of communication in the region.

Final Report

Applied Emergency Management Studio - San Mateo, Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Disaster Incident Research Team (DIRT), consisting of faculty, staff, and six student researchers, conducted field research in San Mateo, gathering information on demographics and resources within the community. The team partnered with the Belize Red Cross, whose members provided vital insight and knowledge about San Mateo and the greater island community.

The project was divided into two parts:

  • Teams of CDRP staff and student researchers surveyed San Mateo community members to gather data on the community’s vulnerabilities to disaster. Community members were asked primarily about infrastructure, utilities, and bills and taxes paid to the local government.
  • Members of the CDRP team flew several UAS missions throughout San Mateo. Employing the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), the team took photos and recorded video of the community so as to construct orthographic photos and gain a better understanding of the physical aspects of San Mateo.

Final Report