Tuesday, January 22, 2013
With the devastation and hardship brought by Hurricane Isaac, comes great opportunities for St. John the Baptist Parish. Residents will have an unprecedented opportunity to chart the course for a stronger and better St. John Parish.
As hurricane recovery moves forward, St. John’s “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger” campaign is seeking innovative ideas and strategies to help the parish and its residents better prepare for future disasters.
The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will host informal open houses on January 28, 29 and 30 for residents, community leaders and parish officials to share ideas about the parish’s future as it works to overcome Hurricane Isaac’s effects and plans for resiliency for future events.
“These open houses will provide residents a unique opportunity to make a difference, to plan the recovery and future development of our community in a way that is resilient and sustainable,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “We encourage as many people as possible to attend one of the scheduled meetings to discuss our parish’s future.”
Open houses will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the following locations:
• January 28 - West Bank Community Center, 173 E. 3rd St., Edgard
• January 29 - Regala Gymnasium, 200 Regala Park Rd., Reserve
• January 30 - St. John Parish Civic Center, 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace
The open houses will be relaxed and informal as residents are encouraged to interact with others in attendance. Stations will be established by topic allowing residents to explore and share their ideas.
The goal of the CAC is to help establish a community-based, post-disaster vision for the Parish for the next five to ten years. It will also identify projects and project funding strategies best suited to achieve the vision, while developing local mechanisms along with state and federal partnerships to implement those projects.
The CAC consists of six committees including: Community Planning & Capacity, Infrastructure, Health and Social Services, Housing, Natural and Cultural Resources and Economics. The framework brings together major federal departments such as Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Defense, Interior, Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, plus their state counterparts. However, the primary responsibility for planning and managing all aspects of recovery remains at the local level.
For continuing developments and other information and events related to the “One Parish, One Future: Building Back Better and Stronger” campaign, visit www.sjbparish.com.