Disaster Request from Louisiana

Due to a request of Lydia Jemison, AICP CFM, president of the Louisiana Chapter of APA, our HMDR Division will initiate a discussion about how we can be of assistance […]

Due to a request of Lydia Jemison, AICP CFM, president of the Louisiana Chapter of APA, our HMDR Division will initiate a discussion about how we can be of assistance to Louisiana and other states currently dealing with disasters. In an email to APA Executive Director Jim Drinan, Ms. Jemison wrote a few days ago:

We are reaching out to APA to marshal national resources to assist in disaster response and recovery … [and to] … discuss a course of action over the short and long terms.

Let me ask you, members and friends of HMDR, to please contemplate what we might do in response to Ms. Jemison’s request. Your suggestions are encouraged. Just write a comment below. Any initiatives of HMDR must be collaborative with APA management and the Hazards Planning Center in particular. Your HMDR Executive Committee and committee chairs will study the comments posted here and synthesize ideas about moving forward, subject to further discussions with Chapter leadership.

A separate post at HMDRPLN.com is an overview about the role of planning (and planners) after a disaster. It is simply a reference list that will be enhanced over time as comments are offered.  The overview is intended as an aid in identifying suitable forms of HMDR involvement in post-disaster circumstances.

What’s your idea for helping Louisiana, its APA Chapter and the other state Chapters now dealing with disasters? Respond with your comment below.

Thanks!

Barry Hokanson, chair, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division