Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish and FEMA are working to develop a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for Community Recovery based on the National Disaster Recovery Framework. This new framework was recently created to assist communities in the development of a long-term plan for recovery and sustainability following a disaster. Although the parish is seeking funding for damages caused by Hurricane Isaac, this funding typically restores structures to pre-storm conditions without mitigating against future damages. This committee is being established to recommend improvements that foster resiliency with intentions of seeking funding through federal and state agencies, foundations and other public and private partnerships.
The advisory committee is in its beginning phase and will be comprised of a broad spectrum of public and private sector representives that function as a sounding board and provide input into the overall recovery process. The goal of the CAC is to help establish a community-based, post-disaster vision for the Parish in the next five to ten years. It will also identify projects and project funding strategies best suited to achieve that vision, while developing local mechanisms along with state and federal partnerships to implement those projects. “This is a fairly new structure designed to help with recovery and to build local capacity. The plan is make improvements that better prepares the parish to mitigate against future damage,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The advisory committee will consist of a chairperson and co-chairperson of six committees including: Community Planning & Capacity, Infrastructure, Health and Social Services, Housing, Natural and Cultural Resources and Economics. The chairperson and co-chairperson of each sub-committee are responsible for recruiting members to serve on their committee.
Once established, the sub-committees will submit suggestions and recommendations to create a final report. The CAC will hold a series of public meetings at the beginning of 2013 and the final report is expected to be completed over the next two years.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the CAC is asked to contact Raymond Goodman at 985-652-9569.