Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program (LRAP)

Project Goals:

LRAP was founded and developed by the CSS with the state’s Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) and with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The mission of LRAP is to collect, develop, house, and disseminate current planning efforts, resources, and best practices to promote, assist, and build networks around resiliency planning in Louisiana.

Project Team:
    • Jeff Carney Former Director, Coastal Sustainability Studio
    • Patrick Michaels
    • Emily Powell
    • Katrina Durbak
    • Lynne Carter
    • Jori Erdman, AIA, LEED AP
    • Robert Twilley, PhD Chairman of the Board & Interim CSS Executive Director
      Executive Director, Louisiana Sea Grant
      Professor, LSU College of the Coast & Environment
    • John R. White, PhD Associate Director, Coastal Studies Institute
      Director, Wetlands & Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab
      Professor, School of the Coast & Environment
    • Clint Willson, PhD, PE Mike N. Dooley, P.E. Professor, College of Engineering
      Director, LSU Center for River Studies
    • Brett Davis Professor of Landscape Architecture
    • Elizabeth Mossop
    • Lydia Gikas
    • Elliot Manuel
    • Kelli Cunningham
    • Will Rienhardt
    • Ben Hartman
    • Lauren Sullivan
    • Prentiss Darden
    • Elizabeth Dyer
    • Ian Miller
    • Valeria Perez
    • Audrey Crop
    • Kayla Bosarge
    • Jui Lu
    • Karl Schmidt
    • Silvia Cox
    • Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resilience planning augments traditional land use planning with information and expertise from various fields, particularly disaster science, floodplain management, climate, and environmental sciences.

The process and outcomes of resilience planning build stronger communities that are more equipped to respond and adapt to disturbances.

Direct + Broader Impacts:
LRAP assisted 30 communities affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, helping them to build on current planning efforts to achieve resiliency. The LRAP website (www.resiliency.lsu.edu) provides a clearinghouse of information with state of the art resources about resilience planning, and identifies ways for communities to work with other partners. The LRAP team published a 300-page Guidebook for Resiliency Planning, which offers models and lessons learned for communities around the world. The LRAP program also offered a series of webinars, 10 regional workshops, and a symposium at project completion.