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Disaster Preparedness Program Attends South Carolina Disaster Intelligence Workshop

On February 20, 2020, Charles Grisafi, Southeast Regional Preparedness Coordinator, and Genwest contractor, represented the NOAA Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) at the 2020 South Carolina Disaster Intelligence Workshop hosted by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), in Columbia, South Carolina. 

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Participants attending the South Carolina Disaster Intelligence Workshop at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in Columbia, SC. Image credit: NOAA.

The workshop was a great way for the SCEMD to bring together state and federal government agencies, and private sector entities that support the South Carolina Joint Disaster Intelligence Assessment Cell (JDIAC). The purpose of the JDIAC is to fuse all sources of information of disaster intelligence into one coherent picture for the state to use during disaster response efforts. The JDIAC provides the state subject matter experts to provide insights on FEMA's Community Lifelines, with the goal of leading a response that prioritizes the rapid stabilization of Community Lifelines after a disaster. This includes sharing tools and resources, and working with select Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) at the state Emergency Operations Center. The JDIAC also plans on becoming more involved in preparedness efforts including updating hazard impacts for state plans, and organizing joint training and exercises. 

Moving forward, Charles will represent the DPP and the National Ocean Service as a liaison to the JDIAC. 

For more information on the JDIAC or the Disaster Intelligence Workshop, please contact DPP member Charles.Grisafi@noaa.gov

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Last updated Mar. 27, 2020