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City of New Orleans Invites Citizens to Participate in Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2020

The City of New Orleans held its first public meeting on April 7th as part of its ongoing effort to develop an Orleans Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The plan will identify hazards, potential impacts, and vulnerabilities across the parish and recommend mitigation strategies and actions to reduce the risks associated with those hazards as part of FEMA’s prescribed planning process.  The City has invited the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Housing Authority of New Orleans, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Orleans Parish School Board, Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, and Xavier University to participate as formal partners in the planning process and is seeking input and participation from the public throughout the plan development process.

This week’s public meeting was convened online as a result of the current restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 emergency and is the first of several meetings that will take place in 2020 to obtain public input on the plan’s development.  The City has also invited citizens to engage by participating in a text survey, emailing questions or comments, visiting a public website that will be launched later this year, and participating in additional public forums.  GCR is proud to support the City of New Orleans and its project partners in this important effort to analyze risks and vulnerabilities throughout Orleans Parish and identify actions to safeguard people and property from potential hazards and their associated impacts.  Orleans Parish residents are encouraged to participate in the planning process by texting HAZARDPLAN to 468-311 , visiting the project website at https://ready.nola.gov/hazard-mitigation/home/ for additional information on the planning process and upcoming events, emailing comments or questions to hazardmitigation@nola.gov, and participating in additional public forums as they are announced.