As part of the state’s overall climate adaptation efforts, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced the launch of a statewide resilience website.
The new website was launched alongside the release of the inaugural Statewide Resilience Report. The state said the website and the report are “two significant milestones in Louisiana’s commitment to enacting lasting improvements to build the state’s capacity for resilience and climate adaptation.”
“During my eight years in office, we have witnessed an increase in the frequency, severity, and variety of environmental events in our state,” said Gov. Edwards. “Not every storm has to be a disaster. Working together, we have made generational investments that provide us a path forward and increase the resilience of our communities, our economy and our ecosystems.”
The new report details the creation of new governance structures designed to increase coordination and communication across government levels and agencies. The report also identifies three key areas of focus for 2024— Insurance Availability, Affordability, and the Problem of Risk; Heat Action Plan Development; and Migration, Receiving Communities, Adapting in Place, and Cultural Preservation.
The new statewide resilience website serves as a hub for information, resources, and updates on the state’s resilience initiatives including meetings, outreach, and connections to other efforts to build resilience. The website is managed by the state’s new Chief Resilience Officer.