Community Outreach

Community Rating System (CRS) User Group Support

The CRS, a voluntary program available to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities, provides incentives for communities to go beyond the minimum floodplain management regulations established by the NFIP to minimize risk. The purpose of a CRS User's Group is to serve as a support and educational resource for local communities who participate in the CRS. UNO-CHART facilitates two separate CRS User's Groups in Louisiana; one around the Lake Pontchartrain area, and one in the Baton Rouge area. These two groups are comprised of only 16 of the 42 CRS participating communities in of Louisiana, but make up almost half of the total CRS discounts in the State, which reduced premiums for Louisiana residents by $37 million in 2013 alone! Groups are comprised of local officials who have been designated as CRS Coordinator for their communities. UNO-CHART provides support through facilitation of meetings and research.


Disaster Resistant University (DRU) 2013 Workshop

Our 2013 workshop, themed Linking Mitigation and Resilience, was a great success. The workshop included over 130 attendees representing 36 universities and colleges from across the country, plus Canada, Japan, and South Africa. Thank you to all the participants, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers for making it our best yet!

Check out ScholarWorks to view the agenda, PowerPoint presentations, presentation notes, and photos.


Repetitive Floodloss Community Meetings in Terrebonne

RepLoss OutreachAs part of the Repetitive Floodloss project, community meetings were held earlier this year in the two neighborhoods that make up the current study area - Roberta Grove and Senator Circle. At these meetings residents and local officials were introduced to the project scope and its process.

The project team conducted fieldwork, asked residents about their flooding history, and gathered community plans. All of this data and more will culminate in the Repetitive Floodloss Area Analysis for Roberta Grove and Senator Circle.

Check out the project website for more information.


Risk Literacy Manual and Facilitator's Guide

Preparing for Storms in LouisianaFacilitator's GuideThe Preparing for Storms in Louisiana manual is designed in Plain Language to teach the concepts of risk as subject matter in literacy programs and vice versa, teach literacy through risk education. Click on the pelican to download a free copy. The facilitator's guide is a teaching tool with lesson plans and activities that correspond to each of the tabbed sections of the manual. It can also downloaded for free. Click anywhere on the cover to view and print the document.