One of the biggest concerns during the most recent events was the inability of the city to effectively disseminate news about the flooding risks. Residents were caught off-guard and unaware. It also quickly became obvious that despite the numerous disasters that have affected the city, not all local residents have been able to take the personal mitigation and preparedness actions that could help them remain safe.
Residents across six parishes began to draft adaptation plans after reviewing data, feedback from local communities
Small group meetings next step towards development of coastal community adaptation plans
The public meetings, coordinated by LA SAFE and partners including Foundation for Louisiana, help give coastal residents a broad and often historical overview of how the coastline has come to suffer from the kind of erosion that's threatening the economic, cultural and social fabrics of diverse communities. But then as the meetings continue, residents learn how they can become participants and leaders in their own future as they learn to recognize and adapt to challenges by recognizing opportunities.
FFL will work with the state’s Office of Community Development on LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments), which will create a community-focused resilience and adaptation policy framework to complement the state’s Coastal Master Plan.
Here are some options to consider in helping respond to the disaster.
Training begins Nov. 5. Skills from this training will be useful for other work where residents may be involved. The information will break down the science, policies and realities facing Louisiana's coastal communities. Residents trained in this program will also have a chance to be employed as Community Fellows throughout FFL's coastal community engagement and planning efforts. This program will provide payment for participation, childcare, breakfast and lunch each day and cover travel expenses.
Over the past two months, staffers from the New Orleans Video Access Center has been collaborating with filmmakers in the capital city to tell the stories of neighborhood groups, faith leaders, organizers and other citizens who are making their mark in the community.
Here you not only can earmark your support to a particular fund, or make a contribution to our general fund, but you also can choose the level and frequency of your donation. You can use your credit card or PayPal account, or simply send a check.
Community, volunteer, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations that had damage from Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods may be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants to repair or replace their facilities so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.
"As our mission has evolved, the old challenges remain and new ones arise, and so we are honored to continue to be a partner and a neighbor with Louisiana’s people as we all join hands in response to these latest floods." -- Flozell Daniels, Jr.
We learned after Hurricane Katrina that a critical need for small businesses was a quick infusion of cash to reopen as quickly as possible. NOLA Media Group has pledged $100,000 to that cause. We hope others will join us.
Visit donate.foundationforlouisiana.org to donate.
“We’re reminded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from a Birmingham jail, ‘We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right,.’ Now, more than ever, we must honor the many innocent lives lost to police violence by resourcing the people who are leading the charge to achieve justice and equal accountability for everyone. These are times for courage, unabridged love for humanity and laser-focused attention on practices that work to ensure everyone receives justice and safety.” — Flozell Daniels Jr., Foundation for Louisiana’s CEO.
Friday's "Restoration on the Half Shell" explains restoration, protection challenges during State of the Coast
The half-day mini-conference is co-sponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, so that we can continue to support coastal residents as important stakeholders in their own future.
In order to face the resulting challenges of losing land and a rising sea level in Coastal Louisiana, an abundance of NGOs, business groups, and philanthropists is growing alongside increasing government agency participation at the federal, state, and local scale. Often, this multiplicity of interested players and government agencies can contribute to duplicative as well as absent efforts and simultaneously leave economic inequalities to be exposed by relevant disasters. Coupled with the multiplicity of interwoven efforts, plans and commitments have been established throughout various agencies within local, state, and federal government.
Foundation for Louisiana CEO and President Flozell Daniels, Jr. joins Jarvis DeBerry of the Times-Picayune, Paul Kemp of the Southeast Louisiana Protection Authority, and ninth ward grocer Burnell Cotlon for an hour-long reflection with on New Orleans' struggle to rebuild and where we go from here. Aired on Tom Ashbrook's NPN show, "On Point".
As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm, the Administration will continue its all-of-Nation approach, with the President and members of his cabinet planning to visit impacted areas to highlight some of the many remarkable recovery and resilience stories across the region.
Funding will support new and existing preparedness programs.