Post-disaster recovery of communities is dependent on the recovery of critical infrastructure, such as power and water distribution systems, transportation networks, communications systems, and critical buildings. These critical infrastructure systems are interconnected and interdependent. We need to build resilient infrastructure systems that can rapidly recover to support the economy and wellbeing of citizens. The PRAISys (Probabilistic Resilience Assessment of Interdependent Systems) platform will perform post-event resilience analysis of communities by addressing stochastic interdependencies among infrastructure systems in a probabilistic way, especially focusing on transportation, power, and communication.

Prior to an extreme event and after a disruption, the transportation systems serve as the primary conduits for preparation, rescue, recovery, and reconstruction. Operational electric power systems is a pre-requisite for the functionality of homes, businesses, healthcare facilities, schools, and government buildings. Furthermore, electric power and communication systems are both needed for coordinated restorations of all infrastructure systems. Failure of communication systems can also have cascading effects. For instance, the execution of restoration actions and their sequence are often determined by many factors, such as the availability of electricity, as well as the accessibility to damage sites.

The universities that collaborate under the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded PRAISys project (Lehigh, Florida Atlantic and Georgia State universities) will be conducting the “Interdependent Infrastructure Incident” (I3) exercise from 8:30am to 11:45am on May 17th, 2018, Cypress Rooms A&B at the Governor's Hurricane Conference® in West Palm Beach, Florida. The purpose of the exercise is to collect data on the behavior and decision process of subject matter experts in disaster recovery.

The “Interdependent Infrastructure Incident” 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.

AICP CM credit is being sought for participation in the “Interdependent Infrastructure Incident" exercise. Given the number of responses received so far, all interested parties are encouraged to reserve a seat. Register today to secure your position! Questions? Contact Robert McDaniel (rmcdaniel@cdrp.net)