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Disaster PRIMR 2024: Interfaces of Disaster

Opportunities and challenges arise where boundaries converge. Disaster PRIMR 2024 Conference presents opportunities to discuss and explore these challenges and identify innovative and meaningful strategies and techniques to mitigate them and improve the resilience of communities throughout. This year's conference will focus on the challenges in rural and tribal communities, including heirs’ property rights and gentrification, the impacts of environmental driven catastrophes, accessibility challenges and many more. Please join us in this exploration with scholars and practitioners representing the interfaces of disaster.

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PRIMR Plenary Speakers

Glover6049_pp.jpgSaundra H. Glover, Ph.D., MBA
State Director for Rural Development with USDA in South Carolina

Robert Osten

CEO / Managing Director
fernao business resilience GmbH

Heather Way, J.D.
Clinical Professor & Director, Housing Policy Clinic Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at University of Texas School of Law

John T. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President Academic & Strategic Collaborations at Texas A&M University

April Taylor
Coastal Resilience Specialist
Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University

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PRIMR Core Values:  This event is guided by these shared values:

  1. People First
    Coming all together to share, learn, and take away relevant information, knowledge of best practices, experience of lessons learned, and insights of wisdom, which are relevant and applicable within communities engaged in proactive Preparedness for, Response to, Innovation on, Mitigation of, and Recovery (PRIMR) from, the impacts and effects caused by disasters caused by natural phenomena and/or human actions.
  1. Listen First
    Highlighting how local knowledge is critical for any aspect of PRIMR in order to prioritize people and respond effectively and efficiently to their needs.
  1. Partnership
    Upholding the need to maintain the highest levels of respect, trust, commitment to each other, the organizations they represent, and the communities they serve.
  1. Cultural Humility
    Recognizing the value of ALL people, by being open to other ways of doing things, and by being co-learners.
  1. Access to All
    Focusing on the connectivity among disciplinary and institutional/organizational silos to integrate a broad range of cross-disciplinary and cross-population perspectives and experiences.
  1. Agency
    Helping people understand and access their own power in all dimensions of PRIMR, focusing on the agentic capacity of individuals and communities to act independently and to make their own free choices.

Conference Schedule

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February 26, 2024 - George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum


Checkin, Posters, Light Refreshments
The Museum is open for conference participants to tour


Welcome & Archivist Panel
Jeanne Goodman, Clincial Associate Professor, School of Visualization and Fine Arts
Chris Pembelton, Bush Library Supervisory Archivist
Dawn Hammet, Bush Library Director


Networking Opportunities


February 27, 2024 - HD Smith Building - Brayton Fire Training Field


Innovation 1 

Innovation 2  

Preparedness / Response

Mitigation / Recovery 

7:30-8:30 Coffee/Breakfast/Check-in 
8:30-9:00 Introductions and Welcome @ Rm122AB
9:00-9:45 Dr. Saundra Glover - Keynote: The Interface of Disaster and Rural Economic Development: Elevating the Voices of Rural 
9:45-10:15 Presentation: Enhancing Disaster Resilience in the Cyberinfrastructure Era: Platform for Resilience Inference Measurement and Enhancement Professional Development Workshop: Navigating Global Chaos: Disaster Preapredness, Mitigation, Response, and Innovation in a VUCA, TUNA, and BANI World Presentation: Advancing Agrosecurity and Community Resilience Through Collaboration, Capacity Building, and Extension Program Innovation  Presentation: Embedding Equality in Infrastructure Resilience Research and Practices: Reflecting on the Past Decade and Envisioning the Future
10:15-10:45 Presentation: Crisis Communications: Resilience Building in the African American Community Presentation: The Texas A&M VET Emergency Management Rotation: Partnering with Communities to develop Emergency Animal Sheltering Plans While Preparing 4th Year Veterinary Students to Serve Their Communities  Presentation: Leveraging Emerging Flood Modeling Techniques and Infrastructure Designes for Land-Use Analysis
10:45 - 11:15 Panel: Discussion with ASSURE/ASSUREd Safe: Preparation and Response to Disaster and Public Safety Operations using Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS)  Presentation: Rapid Post-Disaster Debris Estimation with Artificial Intelligence and Aeriol Phtogrammetry  Presentation: Go Bag - Disaster Preparedness on a Budget Presentation: A Systems Approach for Disaster Risk Reduction: Exploring the Nexus of Energy, Food, and Human Mobility in the Northern Countries of Central America
11:15-11:45  Presentation: From Ashes to Insights: Uncovering Long-term Health Effects and Solutions After the West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion  Presentation: Willingness to Pay for Improved Hurricane Transit Service Presentation: Cohesive Cities and Resilient Cities: Are They the Same?
11:45-1:00 Lunch with Robert Osten, CEO / Managing Director, fernao business resilience GmbH
Rm 122AB
1:00-2:00 Poster Session
2:00-2:30 Presentation: ASSUREd Safe: UAS First Responder Training  Panel: Exploring Information Boundaries: Opportunities & Challenges of Hazards Data Access in Under-resourced Communities Panel: Preparing Future Nurses by Incorporating Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) in Their Education Curriculum Presentation: Developing Resilience Guidance for Rural Gulf Coast Communities
2:30 - 3:00  Presentation: Inclusive Wildfire Evacuation: The Role of Transit and Paratransit Presentation: Rural Community Recovery Awareness Training
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15- 3:45   Professional Development Workshop: Implementing a Simple Strategic Planning Process to Elevate Local Leadership Initiatives Related to Disaster Presentation: Best Practices of Highly Infectious Decedent Management: Consensus Recommendations from an International Expert Workshop Presentation: Where do we go? Reunification in a small rural community
3:45-4:15   Presentation: Providing help and hope for animals and people impacted by disaster: The Role of the Texas A&M VET in disaster response Presentation: Partnering in Repair: The Daunting Complexities of Longer-term Housing Recovery for Vulnerable Households
4:15-4:30 Daily Wrap Up and Messages Rm122AB
5:00-6:00 Career Fair Room 122AB

February 28, 2024 - HD Smith Building - Brayton Fire Training Field


Innovation 1

Innovation 2

Preparedness / Response

Mitigation / Recovery

7:30-8:30 Coffee/Breakfast/Check-in 
8:30-9:00 Welcome Back and Housekeeping @Rm 122AB
9:00-9:45 Plenary Presentation - Heirs Property & Disasters - Heather Way, J.D. and Dr. John T. Cooper, Jr.
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:30 Panel Discussion: Multijurisdictional Planning and Response: Some Best Practices in Planning, Coordination, Communications and Operations   Presentation: Planning to Recover: Thinking Beyond the Disaster Kit Panel Discussion: Resilience in Rural Texas: A Panel Discussion on Disaster Recovery Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices
10:30-11:00 Presentation: Energy Equity's Role in Disasters Presentation: Texas Dairy Farmer's Preparedness and Resposne to the 2021 Winter Storm Uri
11:00-11:30 Presentation: Assessing Flood Resilience in Miami, Florida: Evaluation of Comprehensive and Hazard Mitigation Plans Quality Presentation: A Dynamic Digital Twin Framework for Resilient Electric Power Restoration after Hurricanes   Presentation: Implementing Localized Solutions to Mitigate Climate-Induced WEF Resource Shortages
11:30-12:00 Presentation: Unoccupied Aircraft System (UAS) Response. To the Vermont July 2023 Floods Presentation: Exploring Community Resilience Imaginaries: from Hurricane Maria to the Luguna Heights Tornado  
12:00-1:30 Closing Keynote - April Taylor - Collaborations and Working with Tribal Nations
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Lodging and Accomodation Information:
Due to a number of events in the BCS area, several limited room blocks have been created for PRIMR attendees. PRIMR attendees are responsible for lodging costs. The room blocks will be available through February 13, 2024. 

Homewood Suites - College Station - PRIMR Rate: 107.00 / night
950 University Drive E, 
College Station, TX 77840
Phone: (979) 846-0400
Registration Link for Homewood Suites

Residence Inn- College Station - PRIMR Rate: 119.00 / night
720 University Drive E, 
College Station, TX 77840
Phone: (979) 268-2200
To make reservations, please call the hotel and request the PRIMR rate.

Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center - PRIMR Rate: 139.00 / night
177 Joe Routt Boulevard
College Station, Texas 77840
Phone: (979) 260-2235
Registration Link for the Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center