North Central Texas Recovery Summit



January 15, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM


Ruthe Jackson Center
3113 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie, TX 75052


This day-long event presented by the North Central Texas Council of Governments aims to build awareness of the challenges of disaster recovery and help local jurisdictions better understand how to coordinate government, private-sector, and nonprofit partners to address disaster impacts in the weeks, months, and years following a large-scale disaster.
Disaster recovery experts from throughout the country will share their experiences and lead participants in a recovery-focused tabletop exercise. We encourage emergency managers to invite city and county department representatives who will play a key role in disaster recovery, such as public works, city planning, inspections and permitting, finance, and elected officials.



Registration - 8:30 am
Summit - 9 am - 11:30 am
Lunch - 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Tabletop Exercise Start - 12:15 pm
Tabletop Exercise Hotwash - 4:00 pm
Adjorn - 4:15 pm
Keynote Speaker: Beth Zimmerman is the former FEMA Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery and Director of Disaster Operations. Ms. Zimmerman administered all aspects of FEMA’s response and recovery efforts. During her tenure, she oversaw more than 930 disasters, emergencies and fire declarations, delivering over $6.5 billion to 1.7 million individuals and families and more than $27 billion in federal disaster assistance to state, local, tribal and non-profit groups. Ms. Zimmerman was also appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s representative to the American Red Cross Cabinet Council and to committee leadership positions within the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). She directed one of the most significant changes to FEMA’s statutory authorities in the agency’s history through the development, coordination, and implementation of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) which re-engineered FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) programs to streamline the delivery of IA and PA support and improve payment processes. Prior to her work at FEMA, Ms. Zimmerman held positions as the Assistant Director of Recovery and as the Disaster Recovery Manager at the State of Arizona’s Division of Emergency Management and served for 10 years with the Utah Division of Emergency Management.
Tabletop Facilitator: Preston Cook is the retired Director of Emergency Management for Hillsborough County, Florida. As a County Emergency Management Director, he responded to and supported recovery efforts for over 25 federally-declared disasters including the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. He has supported disaster relief efforts, long-term recovery planning, restoration of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization in areas affected by hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and other natural disasters.