Community Outreach

Risk Literacy Curriculum

Risk Literacy Toolbox

We are excited to share the newly completed Risk Literacy curriculum, “Preparing for Storms in Louisiana, 2nd Edition.” The second edition is an update to the first edition based on feedback from adult education providers. The curriculum was designed in Plain Language to teach the concepts of risk as subject matter in literacy programs, as well as teach literacy through risk education.

The curriculum has multiple parts, including a student manual, facilitator’s guide, take home guide, and flashcards. The student manual is the core of the curriculum, and includes five chapters on how to prepare for storms, including information on hurricanes, preparation, evacuation, returning and protection. The facilitator’s guide can be used to teach the material in the student manual and take home guide, and includes 14 lesson plans with reading comprehension strategies.

The take home guide is for student use in class as well as at home, so the students can study, review concepts and work on assignments. The English/Spanish version includes both English and Spanish. The flashcards are in Spanish on one side and in English on the other. They contain supplemental information on preparing for storms.

 

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.