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Measuring recovery and operational resilience to support emergency managers. $49,083 PI Carol Romanowski (LMI) (Co PIs: S. Mishra, R.Raj, & J. Schneider, 2015) FEMA's 2011 National Disaster Recovery Framework describes the recovery continuum as having four phases: preparedness, short-term, intermediate and long-term. Both within each phase and across multiple phases, emergency managers pursue several interdependent, often concurrent, activities to help their communities recover successfully. However, this recovery success tends to be assessed from a single point variable or a set of single point variables that do not reflect interdependency for the most part. This project will therefore quantify recovery success by identifying appropriate metrics that help emergency managers optimize responses and outcomes. Building on their prior experiences working with local and state emergency managers, the project team will also categorize metrics for defining operational resilience.

Creation Of Situational Awareness For Emergency Response And Management Using Next Generation Gigabit Communication Systems $299,797 A major stumbling block for successful response and recovery in the event of an emergency is the lack of actionable, timely and reliable information flows between regional emergency management office (EMO) to the incident command (IC) and also incident responders in the field and from the IC to the EMO. Currently, emergency management operates with dismal informational support, especially considering the evolving and exponentially growing available information and individual technological capabilities. Effective emergency response and management requires full situational awareness and should leverage all of the available sources create optimal informational sharing to guide the response. Inputs to this portal include high fidelity (LIDAR type) mapping, 911 requests and deployment, responder post/field feedback, emerging incident information (time verses resources) foot-printing, and potentially social media communications. This project will leverage work done and techniques developed under prior NSF CISE proposals to enhance gigabit transaction over the Internet to enable a more reliable and timely information delivery. (Co PIs N. Shenoy, J. Schneider, K. Xiong 2014-2016)

Monroe Country UASI Phase 3 $50,000 to conduct a meta-analysis type evaluation of cascade multi nodal disruption scenarios for the Urban Area Security Initiative Metropolitan Statistical Area; with such results, recommend by written report a risk ranking list of CI/KR (Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources) vulnerabilities by impact, including recommendations for minimization of risk to the community and provide a link between risk analysis results as they relate to Target Capabilities and future mitigation of risks. (CoPIs J. Schneider,  C. Romanowski, S. Mishra, 2015)

Monroe CI/KR Training $5000.00 This is a continuation of RIT Grant ID 31047(Phase1), 31266 (Phase 2) and D1266 (Phase 3). The team will design, set up and run a tabletop exercise for disaster situation impacts on critical infrastructure in the UASI region. (CoPIs J. Schneider,  C. Romanowski, S. Mishra, 2015)

Modular Steps Towards Broadening Expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection, NSF CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS); $244,297 This multi-partner project will build knowledge and expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) at the high school and undergraduate levels. Although CIP-related concepts and dissemination efforts have targeted graduate students, very little curricular material is available to the high school and undergraduate population in a suitable pedagogic modality. (Co-PIs S. Mishra, R. Raj, C. Romanowski, J. Schneider, T. Howles; 2013-2015).

Leveraging Historical Emergency Data to Support Emergency Management (LMI); $43,879 to develop a proof of concept for systems approach to learning historical emergency data to support emergency management, including a historical analysis of emergency data to increase overall understanding of the interaction between events, critical infrastructure, and FR resources , improving decision making based on optimal allocation policies and logistics. (Co-PIs C. Romanowski, J. Schneider, S. Mishra, R. Raj; 2013-2014).

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM). Phase II, $150,000 to design and execute a multinodal risk analysis model of critical infrastructure, services and key resources for mid- sized urban areas. Involves controlled (PCII) information and data, capture and (A/CAMS) collection; Originator of idea to create an effort focusing on assessment, design and prioritization and creation of more robust community infrastructure (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Rogers; 2012-2014).

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative - Child Care Emergency Planning Services. Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM); $38,594. To assess state of planning and readiness of childcare facilities in the Rochester region; create emergency planning templates and tools for provider use. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Pardee; 2013-2014). Download Summary (CEP)

Analysis & Evaluation of Integrated Data Fusion and Robust Support Systems for Emergency Management Communications, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM); $309,318 for phase 1 analysis and mapping of regional informational and decisional support needs for emergency management and disaster response and recovery. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, D. McKeown, S. Mishra, R. Raj, J. Rogers, and C. Romanowski 2012-2013). Download Summary (Fusion A)

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM). Phase I, $125,000 to design and execute a multinodal risk analysis model of critical infrastructure, services. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Rogers; 2011-2013). Download Summary (UASI 1)

“Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources GAP Analysis Project for Ontario County,” DHS-Department of Homeland Security/Ontario County; $26,249. To assess and report the qualified CI/KR for a local county (CO-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski; 2012) Download Summary (UASI Ontario)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Awards of approximately $250,000 to design curricular materials for nuclear energy and radiation safety/ risk; (Co-Pis Beth Carle and J. Schneider; 2011)

Department of Education Emergency Management: Award; approximately $392,000 to design & implement emergency management systems; J. Schneider senior advisor/ grant activity reviewer. (PI Lynn Daley) 

Harwood Grant (US DOL, OSHA 46B4-HT15): Award; $177,000 to design, assess and create safety training materials related to food processing and related  arehousing, including Spanish language materials; materials were peer reviewed and approved by OSHA technical experts with no major changes and disseminated by OSHA on their governmental website and through print media; (Co-PIs J. Schneider and K. Van Strander; 2005)


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