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Coastal Community Resiliency
Regulatory Best Practices to Make Louisiana Coastal Communities More Resistant to Natural Hazards

Louisiana Coastal Hazards Mitigation Guidebook
Louisiana Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards

Coastal Hazards are present in all coastal areas across our nation. How a coastal community deals with these hazards gives an indication of their ability to rebound after a storm event.  Coastal Community Resiliency is important especially in Louisiana because of our dynamic coastal area. Within this section you will find information on efforts at the Federal, State, and Local level to make coastal Louisiana communities more resilient.


FEMA Homepage:

NOAA Coastal Resilience Index is a tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery. To complete the index, community leaders get together and use the tool to guide discussion about their community's resilience to coastal hazards.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International City/County Management Association, and Rhode Island Sea Grant, released "Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities." Developed in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network, the interagency guide builds on the network's ten smart growth principles to create coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development. The guide includes an overview of the unique development challenges and opportunities along the water and provides specific approaches to development that include a description of the issues, tools and techniques, and case studies. "Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities" is intended for planners, local government officials, developers, residents, and other stakeholders.

NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed a new on-line guide to help coastal managers reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts that may affect their coasts. "Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers" was written in response to requests for NOAA guidance on adaptation planning. Created specifically for state-level coastal management programs, "Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers" is intended to be an aid, not a prescriptive directive, for adaptation planning and implementation. States may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on their needs. The guide provides science-based information on climate change to set the context for adaptation planning and includes steps for setting up a planning process, assessing vulnerability, devising a strategy, and implementing the plan. It compiles information from a number of sources and includes techniques currently being used successfully by coastal managers to address other coastal management issues such as coastal hazards, habitat loss, and secondary and cumulative impacts.

Resource Record Details - Elevator Installation:

Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the installation of elevators below the Base Flood Elevation in Special Flood Hazard Areas (both A and V zones). 



Louisiana Map Modernization Project; updating the Digital Floodplain Insurance Rating Maps (DFIRMs):

Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council:

Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), is a non-profit organization that coordinates urban, rural and regional planning efforts in Louisiana.  They provide best-practice planning models, innovative policy ideas, and technical assistance to individual communities that wish to create and enact master plans dealing with transportation and infrastructure needs, equitable housing opportunities, environmental issues, and quality design for the built environment.



Calcasieu Parish adopted floodplain management regulations thirty years ago to reduce future flood damages. Since the Parish became a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, citizens have the availability to purchase flood insurance and receive federal funds when a disaster strikes (hurricane, flooding, tornado). In return, the Parish must regulate development within the Parish when property is located in a flood hazard zone. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Calcasieu Parish is located in a floodplain (flood hazard zone).

Jefferson Parish Comprehensive Plan provides a guide for policy decisions regarding growth and development. Plan requirements include consistency between Parish decisions and the Plan, a Citizens Advisory Committee to review major changes in the Plan, and an update every five years to accommodate changing conditions and keep the Plan current.

St. Tammany Parish is subject to natural hazards that threaten life and health and have caused extensive property damage. Since Hurricane Betsy in 1965, the Parish has been declared a disaster area by the President 20 times. As noted by Parish President Kevin Davis, "While these hazards are acts of nature, the impacts on residents, public facilities, businesses, and private property can be diminished through hazard mitigation planning".

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government (the Parish), through its Office of
Coastal Restoration and Preservation, and acting on recommendation of its Coastal
Zone Management and Restoration Advisory Committees, have therefore developed this
Comprehensive Plan for Coastal Restoration (CPCR) for Terrebonne Parish. The goal of the CPCR is to promote and facilitate preservation and sustainable restoration of the coastal ecosystem in Terrebonne Parish.