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Background

The Flood Loss Outreach & Awareness Task force (FLOAT) is a Community Rating System (CRS) User’s Group. FLOAT is a space for community officials to come together and share their best practices and greatest struggles with the CRS program.

Between 2000 and the present, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin has been included in no less than 11 Major Presidential Disaster Declarations with the most notable and devastating being Hurricane Katrina that occurred on August 29, 2005. Out of the soggy rubble of Katrina’s rage the jurisdictions of Southeast Louisiana began to truly take floodplain management policymaking seriously, and make changes that have increased the resiliency of the entire region.

In 2011, the member jurisdictions of FLOAT decided to come together, with the invaluable help of the Office of the Louisiana State Coordinator for the NFIP, the Louisiana Region CRS Coordinator for ISO, and the University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART). From the humble beginnings of FLOAT,  the group has been able to develop a cohesive program to increase outreach to the public regarding natural hazard preparation, and to continue planning for sustainable communities in the face of the environment in which we live, work and play.

FLOAT currently has 10 participating communities: Lafourche Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, the City of Covington, the City of Mandeville, and the the City of Slidell, 7 of which are included in the PPI report. FLOAT is working towards joint outreach efforts to make the southeast region of Louisiana more aware of the inherent risks associated with this region, all while making the citizenry more capable of handling and mitigating these risks. 

Chair

E. deEtte Smythe, Ph.D., Department of Engineering, St. Tammany Parish

Current Projects

Program for Public Information (PPI): The Lake Pontchartrain Louisiana Area FLOAT has, along with our member jurisdictions, developed educational and outreach projects over the years with input and support from environmental volunteers, numerous partners, and with the use of creative and innovative tools. With such aggressive outreach programs spread out over 12 member jurisdictions composed of 7 parishes and 5 municipalities, FLOAT wanted to assemble all of these activities, opportunities and materials in a single coordinated multijurisdictional program for public information.

 

Contact User's Groups facilitator UNO-CHART at chart@uno.edu or (504) 280-5760