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National Disaster Recovery Framework Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for Community Recovery

St. John the Baptist Parish and FEMA have developed 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 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. 

The advisory committee consists 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.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the CAC is asked to contact Raymond Goodman at 985-652-9569.


At recent open houses and community meeting, hundreds of people cast ballots to help St. John’s volunteer Citizens Advisory Committee prioritize projects for the rebuilding effort.

Voters sent a clear message about the importance of improving mental health services, initiating “safe neighborhood” programs, developing programs for parish youth, and supporting efforts to build permanent levees. Other priorities are improving the parish’s drainage capacity, attracting an outlet mall to the parish and developing a Lake Pontchartrain park. In all, voters carefully considered 51 potential projects and chose 25 as priorities.


Next Steps

Committee members are creating detailed project descriptions for inclusion in the community recovery strategy. All of the projects will be included. Once completed, they will present the strategy to parish residents. We’ll let you know more as the plans develop!

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