The purpose of this study is to compare and test the preparedness of Florida’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and Puerto Rico’s Joint Operational Catastrophic Incident Plan (JOCIP) to documents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The research was obtained through databases such as JSTOR, EBSCO HOST, while also using open-source information on the internet like Google Scholar, and FEMA’s website, through keywords. A matrix table was formulated which evaluated criteria from three FEMA documents, The Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, MGT 393, and PER 294. From each of the three documents, seven important criteria, for a total of 21 criteria, were selected to judge the JOCIP and CMP. It was determined that Puerto Rico’s JOCIP received a score of 14 out of 21 and Florida’s CEMP received a 15 out of 21. It was hypothesized that Puerto Rico’s JOCIP would not meet the same criteria as Florida’s CEMP. Puerto Rico would have received a 15 out of 21 had their plan been implemented and exercised to a disaster. It was determined that Puerto Rico does meet the standards of Florida’s CEMP, which will make it a more prepared and mitigated territory for future disasters, specifically hurricanes.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-2020


Brian K. Simpkins

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Department of Safety and Security

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars


Safety, Security, and Emergency Management