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the Community Rating system: making it work for louisiana

This report is the first in a series of issue briefs designed to further the conversation on building resilience in our region and inform critical decisions being made throughout the recovery and rebuilding process. It explores reasons behind the CRS’s low participation rate in Louisiana, details the benefits of this incentive program to individuals and communities, and provides recommendations for maximizing the economic and risk mitigation benefits for Louisiana communities. 


Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - Flood Preparedness Toolkit

The Jean Lafitte Flood Preparedness Toolkit provides information, guidelines and recommended regulations to reduce flood risk. This document consolidates information and recommendations from several sources into one clear and easy to understand Toolkit specific to predominant conditions in Jean Lafitte. The Toolkit provides information on key issues to consider during the building and site design and development process to educate and inform homeowners, builders, and the Town on how to best protect assets against future floods and reduce repetitive losses. Understanding key criteria, site conditions, and existing building characteristics will help determine whether to flood proof, elevate, or rebuild, and how best to do so. 


RESILIENT JEAN LAFITTE, LOUISIANA - A FLOOD EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

The Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan (FEPP) builds off a long history and knowledge of living with water. It suggests tools and strategies that will enable Lafitte's residents to continue to live in harmony with an environment that continues to be threatened by natural and man made events. The FEPP leverages existing planning work at the state, parish, and municipality levels to situate such projects and programs within Jean Lafitte's unique risk profile.


THE VIEW FROM THE COAST: LOCAL PERSPECTIVES AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON FLOOD RISK REDUCTION IN SOUTH LOUISIANA

Providing the link between local and state-level decision making, this document combines community-level risk-reduction perspectives with actionable recommendations. The recommendations are intended to enable existing state and federal programs to be more responsive to community needs and better serve local decision makers in their efforts to mitigate flood damage and increase safety for those living along Louisiana’s working coast.


BEST PRACTICES MANUAL FOR DEVELOPMENT IN COASTAL LOUISIANA

To assist Louisiana’s coastal communities’ efforts to preserve their unique cultures and economies, CPEX developed a series of Geotypes that categorize the distrinct landscapes found across southern Louisiana and illustrate how the various natural environments have shaped community development. Adapted from local, national, and international best practices, CPEX developed strategies to reduce risks for each Geotype. The Geotypes and the strategies appropriate are clearly explained in the Best Practices Manual, designed to be accessible to a wide range of decision makers and stakeholders.


Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit

Recognizing the unique developing needs of coastal communities, this tool provides coastal-specific model development standards. The entire Coastal Toolkit can be tailored to a specific community, or individual parts may be used to address ordinance and zoning needs in coastal parishes and municipalities. The Toolkit provides clear, precise recommendations and models to aid decision makers and investors and guide development and redevelopment.