Disaster Management, Disaster Relief, Collaborative Platform, Digital Platform, Information Communication Technologies, Crisis Communication, Chaos Theory, Social Networking, Smartphone Data, Real-time Data Analysis.


This thesis describes the creation of a collaborative digital platform for disaster management and relief, focusing on the case study of the city of Petrópolis natural disaster in February 2022. The frequency and intensity of natural disasters are rising, necessitating efficient and timely disaster response efforts. This thesis details the development of a software application that fosters collaboration among governmental agencies, emergency services, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society to enhance logistical planning and situational awareness during disasters. The proposed platform harnesses the power of social networking and leverages the ubiquitous presence of smartphones equipped with cameras, GPS, and sensors to gather crucial real-time data. Through a secure and user-friendly interface, verified stakeholders can access essential information while the public contributes valuable data through their smartphones. The platform ensures reliable data collection and dissemination by analyzing metadata, assessing human needs, empowering decision-makers with up-to-date information, and providing verified information channels and real-time data analysis. The platform seeks to minimize overlapping efforts, reduce mismanagement of resources, and ultimately save lives and livelihoods in disaster-stricken areas.

Thesis Completion Year


Thesis Completion Semester


Thesis Chair

Parrish, Adam J.


College of Sciences


Nicholson School of Communication and Media

Thesis Discipline

Digital Media



Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus Access


Campus Location

UCF Downtown