PRiMO Conference

About the Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each year, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans.

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The diverse group of attendees includes heads of state, representatives from business, nonprofits, and environmental groups, and concerned citizens. Topics range from water quality to disaster management and economic sustainability. This diversity and collaborative focus is what makes PRiMO work. People and organizations must work together if communities are to become more resilient. The action plans must be far reaching if Pacific Island natural resources, quality of life, infrastructure, homes, economic framework, and citizen health and safety are to be preserved. This is a tall task that requires inhabitants of the region to work and learn together. PRiMO provides that opportunity.

PRiMO conferences offer at least 25 different sessions, many led by distinguished leaders and innovators. Field trips and preconference training sessions provide opportunities to increase professional skills and gain firsthand knowledge about active hazard-reduction activities. Participants return to their organizations with new skills, information, ideas, contacts, partners, and perspectives. They leave better equipped to find the creative solutions today's coastal hazard challenges require.

Each conference has a community resilience-focused theme. Attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract, for it is through sharing with one another that we all become stronger!

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2019 Meeting

Weaving a Path to “Precovery” in American Samoa

September 24 to 25, 2019
American Samoa Community College

“Precovery” is the process of preparing for recovery in advance in order to speed the return to normalcy. Precovery planning accounts for short-term recovery measures while ensuring that long-term recovery results in reduced risk, enhanced economic opportunity, and improved personal and ecological health. The purpose of this meeting will be to work collaboratively to identify pathways to our collective preparedness for future recovery efforts in American Samoa. Participants from Guam, CNMI, and Hawai‘i will contribute to the process.

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2019 Meeting: Agenda-in-Brief

September 23, 2019 (Pre-Meeting Trainings)
8:00am – 12:00pm Training: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers
1:00pm – 5:00pm Training: Disaster Resilience for Small Business and Organizations

September 24, 2019
7:30am – 9:00am Ava Ceremony, Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm Opening Ceremony, Plenary presentations, keynote panel
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch and lunch speaker
1:30pm – 3:00pm Breakout session discussions
3:30pm - 4:30pm Breakout session discussions
5:00pm – 8:00pm Tentative Social Activity

September 25, 2019
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary Presentation
10:45am – 12:00pm Breakout Session Discussions
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch and lunch speaker
1:00pm – 2:30pm Synthesizing & cross-function discussions, report-out
2:30pm - 4:00pm Closing plenary panel

September 26, 2019 (Post-meeting Excursion)
Tentative morning excursion

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2020 Conference

March 10 to 13, 2020
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

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