By Tara Lambeth on 8/3/2017 6:31 AM

On August 3rd, UNO-CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, participated in the Vermilion River Watershed Summit. The summit was attended by members of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Louisiana Office of Community Development, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Army Corps of Engineers, multiple parish presidents, and Governor John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Farris participated in the panel discussion on "Community Risk Decisions" and provided expertise on the Community Rating System.

By Tara Lambeth on 8/1/2017 6:30 AM

The Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, is leading a resident-driven planning process in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. The process is designed to aid these parishes in planning for and adapting to coastal issues. UNO-CHART is conducting an evaluation of the resilience planning strategy and implementation, assisting with engagement, facilitation and education throughout the planning process, and providing support related to the Community Rating System program in the six participating parishes.

In August 2017, the UNO-CHART project team, as well as numerous graduate students from the University of New Orleans, were able to attend and document round three of the community planning process. The planning process will continue throughout the year, and UNO-CHART will use the documented notes to evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process.

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