The five-year period of 2011-2016 represented a turning point for Foundation for Louisiana as we navigated the transition from our origin as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
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.
Table hosts need to be well prepared for the complicated process of guiding residents through conversations about their parishes' respective futures in the face of increasing land loss and flood. Thanks to FFL's LEAD the Coast program that directly addresses such issues, community leaders learn to become better table hosts.
The parishwide meetings will allow residents to begin the process of drafting strategies based on the feedback generated during the community-meeting process. This will lead to the design of specific parishwide adaptation strategies with at least one project, program or policy that would be funded through LA SAFE—a planning initiative coordinated by the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s (OCD) Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.
Here are some options to consider in helping respond to the disaster.
Foundation for Louisiana sees opportunities amid the challenges. With your help, we continue to support a range of innovative strategies for promoting community resiliency.
Over the past two months, staffers from the New Orleans Video Access Center have 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.
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.
Funding will support new and existing preparedness programs.
This collection of downloadable documents and links may be helpful in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster.