Friends, Colleagues and Collaborators,
As you know, the State of Louisiana submitted its Phase II application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) on Oct. 27. Over the past year, as the State developed both Phase I and Phase II applications, we engaged and collaborated with an uncountable number of individuals and organizations as we took a holistic look at current risks and future vulnerabilities, developing just a few of the many solutions and interventions required to adequately address the challenges we collectively face.
One of the themes we touched upon throughout the application is the fact our state’s commitment to resilience began well before the NDRC was ever conceived, and while the NDRC gave us an opportunity to step back and develop a fresh approach to Louisiana’s resilience-building activities, our commitment must and will extend beyond the NDRC and into the foreseeable future.
It is in this spirit that I hope you all will take a moment to review the work we have completed over the last year and continue to engage us in an exchange of ideas that will ultimately lead us all to the safer, stronger and smarter ideal we all recognized our need to achieve following 2005’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Specifically, I would like to direct you all to Louisiana’s Phase I and Phase II applications:
Our newly-developed resilience policy framework, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE):
And a white paper specific to one of our individual project proposals, Resettlement as a Resilience Strategy and the Case of Isle de Jean Charles:
Please do not hesitate to reach out with feedback, thoughts and ideas as we move forward.
Policy Advisor, Disaster Recovery Unit
Office of Community Development, State of Louisiana