PRiMO19 Breakout Session Highlights

25-26 September 2019, American Samoa – The Recovery Support Functions (RSFs) comprise the coordinating structure for key functional areas of assistance in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Their purpose is to support local governments by facilitating problem solving, improving access to resources and by fostering coordination among State and Federal agencies, nongovernmental partners and stakeholders. The objective of the RSFs is to facilitate the identification, coordination and delivery of Federal assistance needed to supplement recovery resources and efforts by local, State, Tribal and Territorial governments, as well as private and nonprofit sectors. PRiMO 2019 included discussions around the five RSFs including: Natural and Cultural Resource Recovery, Infrastructure Recovery, Health and Social Services Recovery, Housing Recovery and Economic recovery. An overarching theme throughout all the PRiMO 2019 breakout sessions was the need for better integration of solutions to assist population with disabilities and special needs.

The working group discussions on the different thematic areas on day one focused on learning from past lessons on what has been done well and what can be improved as well what is needed to make this happen.  On day two the outcomes of these discussions were presented to the PRiMO meeting overall.

The breakout session on Housing identified the following priorities for discussion: (1) Building Codes and Housing Designs; (2) Independent Oversight and Enforcement of Building codes; and (3) Capacity Building.

The breakout session on Infrastructure included participation from sectors and agencies key to building the resilience on critical infrastructure and processes in American Samoa.  Discussions in the group identified one critical infrastructure and one process as priority issues to address.  This narrowed the discussion to power and whole community approach.  From the infrastructure working group, emerging needs included inter-agency coordination/communication, whole community coordination/integration into planning and disaster recovery.  Other needs that came up include a comprehensive training needs assessment identifying what training is needed, who needs to be trained, how to assess outcomes.   

The breakout session on Health and Social Services identified three priority areas as: (1) Manage and share data to ensure delivery f services to populations in highest known need areas; (2) Coordination and communication within and across sections; and (3) Accessibility and delivery of medical services.

The breakout session on Economic Recovery identified following priority areas: (1) Supply chain disruptions; (2) Access to business recovery resources; (3) Disaster Assistance Availability; (4) Population and worker displacement; (5) Insurance Coverage; and (6) Resilience.

The Pacific Risk Management `Ohana (PRiMO) Conference is being held from 24 – 26 September 2019 at the American Samoa Community College in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  For more information on PRiMO please visit https://coast.noaa.gov/primo/conference/ or https://primo2019.uhtasi.org/