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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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LA SAFE prepares for fifth and final round of meetings this month

LA SAFE prepares for fifth and final round of meetings this month

Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) prepares for its fifth and final round of meetings to discuss adaptation projects for residents of Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes.

At these meetings, LA SAFE invites residents, officials and other stakeholders to come to the table one last time to have their voices heard as projects that are being considered are being presented in this exhibition-style event.

The participation has been incredible in this unique co-design process that started with the announced launch of LA SAFE by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in March.

Over the last year, the LA SAFE planning team has engaged with more than 1,750 people at nearly 50 meetings across the six LA SAFE parishes. Additionally, the team has received a multitude of feedback from participants who have joined online.

For the previous round of meetings, Round 4, that wrapped up in early November, residents reviewed and provided feedback on the draft strategies developed by the LA SAFE team as a result of several rounds of collaborative meetings.

In this round, the planning team has worked with residents, parish officials, NGO partners and other supporters of this initiative to narrow down the potential pilot project list in order to provide Round 5 participants the opportunity to come out and rank which projects make the most sense in their parish. This meeting gives the LA SAFE team an idea of which projects the residents prefer.

Opportunities to select favorite project(s) will be provided on-site at the last round of meetings, which also serves as a chance to celebrate everyone’s hard work with food, music, art and other staples of your parish’s diverse culture. (To arrange for transportation, call Rachelle at 504-517-5292.)

The selected projects will be announced early 2018.

Locally, a meeting is planned for Mon., Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Mathews Government Complex, 4876 Hwy. 1, Mathews.

Another meeting is set for Wed., Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma.

To keep informed, follow LA SAFE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all at @LiveLaSafe). Visit the website at

LA SAFE is managed by the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.