Odysseus™ Network:


Deputy Director for Miami-Dade County DEM

In the fall of 2011, Miami-Dade County, Florida requested ISC to develop a countywide, comprehensive and objective, risk assessment and vulnerability analysis in order to provide a solid baseline understanding of the risks faced throughout Miami-Dade County as well as a shared awareness of the County's existing capabilities and resource gaps. The ultimate purpose of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) is to provide a holistic understanding of Miami-Dade activities and investments toward managing a range of potential threats and hazards. 

This project utilized ISC's Odyssues|THIRA CVR2 model to develop a sophisticated, research-based THIRA of Miami-Dade County. This assessment was supported by a rigorous methodological process that incorporates research-based indicators of community vulnerability and capability, that are supported by a robust library of scientifically-based measurements, .  The methodological rigor, coupled with the Odysseus|THIRA tool provides a reliable and accurate situational awareness of the County's potential impact and hazard risk to natural, technological, and political hazards.

The consequence that each hazard might have on the County was assessed according to a set of categories, such as capabilities, vulnerabilities, and existing conditions within the County. These categories allow for a comprehensive, yet more focused, view of Miami-Dade's risks and supported by indicators and sub-indicators, such as socio-economic status, age, medical capacity, residential displacement, critical infrastructure, and research-based indicators of community vulnerability.  Miami-Dade County's progressive THIRA project resulted in a robust 420-page report that was provided in standard electronic format as well as in the Odysseus|CEMP system, allowing for user-friendly intelligence and efficient plan update and maintenance. 

Miami-Dade's THIRA is, in essence, a dynamic planning tool that provides an accurate and scalable situational awareness of the County's all hazard risks, establishes a consistent common operational picture of Miami-Dade's pre- and post-disaster conditions, and identifies a precise strategy to best elevate the County's preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation program efforts.