Edwards Releases Statewide Resilience Report and Website

BATON ROUGE  – On Dec. 13, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the release of the inaugural Statewide Resilience Report and website.

“During my eight years in office, we have witnessed an increase in the frequency, severity, and variety of environmental events in our state,” said Edwards in a statement. “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 report details the establishment of new governance structures designed to increase coordination and communication across government levels and agencies. The report is intended to help define the character of Louisiana’s continuing work to build resilience and identifies three areas of focus for 2024: insurance, heat and migration. The report includes public input from in-person meetings, online surveys, and emailed comments. It was developed in consultation with the Interagency Resilience Coordination Team and the Louisiana Resilience Task Force.

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The publication of the inaugural Statewide Resilience report is complemented by the launch of a statewide resilience website. This online platform 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. 

Together, these developments reflect the implementation of Act 315 of the regular 2023 session, which established the chief resilience officer position and called for the creation of annual resilience reports. 

“The year 2024 is one of political transitions across Louisiana, but there is nothing partisan about coming together to lessen the negative impacts of disasters on the people of this state or in collaborating to help our residents and communities thrive in the face of a changing environment,” said Charles Sutcliffe, the state’s CRO. “Not every hazard has to lead to disaster. By working together through these new governance models, Louisiana can build its ability to adapt and move toward the future it wants and the future its people deserve.”

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