The “Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook” is available for a free PDF download from Louisiana State University’s Sea Grant Law & Policy Program. A print copy is available for $5 as well.The Guidebook, funded by FEMA, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at Louisiana State University, was originally published in 2008.
The Guidebook makes a case for safer development patterns along the coastline and acts to inform planning professionals and residents in areas of distress on how they can be more proactive is preserving their home. It also demystifies the argument for the “great wall of
Louisiana” levee that became popular post-Katrina. Between initial construction and maintenance, the cost of creating a new levee is unsustainable as compared to better design and planning strategies.
The book also examines the historical pattern of hurricanes, highlighting the fact that the Katrina and Rita storms of 2005 were anomalies in their strength, not in their frequency. Since 1855, a major storm has hit Louisiana, on average, once every 9 years, adding in Hurricane Ike makes the number even lower.
The graphics, including photography, illustrations, and maps, paint the picture clearly: there is something to be done, and it’s manageable with the cooperation of multiple agencies and residents.