Subcommittees were created with what appears to be in the best interest of the Program. But was the programs interest disaster victims or are we seeing individuals on the task force filling their agendas at the expense Louisiana citizens recovery?

FAQ#: 58 published 1-16-2019

Restore Louisiana Task Force - Proposed Subcommittees

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From: Erin Monroe Wesley Special Counsel (Policy Director/Legislative Affairs) 9-29-2016 to Task Force Members

"... Congress passed a Continuing Resolution yesterday that included $500 million in flood relief funding for Louisiana and other states. We would like to thank Louisiana's Congressional Delegation, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Commissioner Mike Strain for their support of these efforts. The President is expected to sign the bill today. While the final amount for Louisiana is still to be set, this means we can anticipate an initial amount of Disaster Community Development Block Grant funds in the neighborhood of $400 million. The task force must immediately focus on how to prioritize the expenditure of this initial investment of CDBG funds, while we all work collectively to continue pursuing additional federal assistance. "

"... staff recommends that the Restore Louisiana Task Force form six (6) subcommittees that align with the National Disaster Recovery Framework Recovery Support functions.
Those 6 RSF areas are:

  1. Community Planning & Capacity Building
  2. Economic
  3. Health & Social Services
  4. Housing
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Natural & Cultural Resources

These 6 areas encompass core recovery capabilities, and would be supported by an existing infrastructure of both federal and state agencies to compile data and information to feed to the subcommittees in order to drive decisions. Attached to this e-mail, please find staff recommended subcommittee assignments.
"
1. Community Planning & Capacity Building Subcommittee. 

Function: Effectively plan and implement disaster recovery activities; integrated hazard mitigation throughout pre- and post- disaster planning and implementation; serve as a forum to integrate non-governmental and private sector resources into public sector recovery planning processes.

Members: 

  • Jimmy Durbin
  • Roland Dartez
  • Dave Norris
  • Ollie Tyler


2. Economic Subcommittee.

Function: To sustain and/or rebuild businesses and employment, and develop economic opportunities that result in sustainable & economically resilient communities. 

Members: 

  • Adam Knapp
  • Mike Olivier
  • Don Pierson
  • Sean Reilly

 

3. Health & Social Services subcommittee.

Function: Assist locally-led recovery efforts in the restoration of the public health, health care, and social services networks to promote resilience, health and well-being of affected individuals & communities.

Members: 

  • Jacqui Vines Wyatt
  • Raymond Jetson
  • Robert Shadoin

4. Housing subcommittee.

Function: Address pre- and post-disaster housing issues and coordinate and facilitate the delivery of resources to assist in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of destroyed or damaged housing,as well as develop new, accessible permanent housing options.

Members: 

  • Suzie Elkins
  • Ted James
  • Jim Richardson
  • Joel Robideaux

5. Infrastructure subcommittee.

Function: Efficiently restore infrastructure systems and services to support a viable, sustainable community and improve resilience to and protect from future hazards (scope includes: energy, water, communications, transportation systems, public facilities, flood control and emergency services)

Members: 

  • Michael Faulk
  • Rogers Pope
  • Shawn Wilson

6. Natural & Cultural Resources subcommittee.

Function: Protect natural and cultural resources and historic properties through appropriate response and recovery actions, and to preserve, conserve, rehabilitate and restore them.

Members:

  • Johnny Bradberry
  • Dan Morrish
  • Mike Strain

Resources: 

  • 2016.09.29.16.09.00-FW- Restore LA Task Force - Next Steps.pdf

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