UNO-CHART Helps Residents of LaPlace Repair Their Flooded Homes to Prevent Future Damage

A dozen graduate students, staff and faculty affiliated with the University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology spent Saturday in LaPlace, La. distributing flyers throughout neighborhoods recently flooded during Hurricane Isaac.

Founded in 2001, UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that collaborates with coastal Louisiana communities including the City of New Orleans and its surrounding parishes. UNO-CHART aims in all its projects to assist residents and local and state officials in reducing risk to natural hazards, especially hurricane and climate hazards, and to help them gain a better understanding of their risk and what they can do to protect themselves from these hazards.

On Saturday, the UNO-CHART team distributed flyers regarding resilient home repair techniques. The flyers, prepared by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Disaster Recovery and Assistance program, offered recommendations for home repair that will assist homeowners in a more rapid recovery in case there is another flood. The flyers were distributed to homes in the LaPlace Park, River Forest, Riverland Heights, Belle Terre and Cambridge neighborhoods.

The flyer, entitled “Six Tips for Restoring Louisiana Homes to Reduce Damage in Future Floods,” included counsel on issue from raising electrical outlets above flood level to removing wallpaper and replacing insulation and wall coverings.

UNO-CHART partnered extensively with LSU Ag Center following Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans following failure of federal levees. The thriving partnership continues to this day with efforts including Saturday’s outreach to LaPlace residents.