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NDRF has been activated in Louisiana

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2012 08:04 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C., (KNOE 8 News) - The new National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) is being activated for the first time in Louisiana. This collaboration outlines how all levels of government will work together to find creative solutions to the challenges that stand in the way of full recovery from the Hurricane Isaac disaster. The goal is to meet the recovery needs of individuals and communities, as well as the state and tribal governments. The framework establishes coordination structures, defines leadership roles and responsibilities, and guides coordination and recovery planning at all levels of government.

Starting with input from individuals at the local level, the framework incorporates whole community values, emphasizing core principles such as individual and family empowerment, partnership and inclusiveness, and resilience and sustainability. The NDRF underscores the importance of local, state and tribal leadership and participation of community members and organizations in decision making. This results in priorities set by the people who live and work in affected communities.  

After communities identify their priorities for recovery, larger government agencies get involved. By pooling their talent and resources, agencies at the state and federal levels may be able to find alternative pathways to secure technical assistance and funding for communities and parishes.

The NDRF introduces six recovery support functions led by designated federal coordinating agencies: 

  • Community Planning and Capacity Building - FEMA
  • Economic - U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration
  • Health and Social Services - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Housing - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Infrastructure Systems - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Natural and Cultural Resources - U.S. Department of Interior

These agencies work with their state counterparts and the private sector to find alternative solutions when communities need expertise and funding they cannot get through traditional means. Under the NDRF, for example, the Department of Housing and Urban Development takes the lead on disaster housing issues. The Department of Interior takes the lead on assisting communities wishing to preserve, protect and restore natural and cultural resources, such as historic structures, during recovery.  

Mark Riley has been named the state disaster recovery coordinator and Wayne Rickard is the federal disaster recovery coordinator. Local and tribal disaster recovery coordinators will also be appointed.

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