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Brock Long Backed by Senate for FEMA Position


Almost two weeks into what is predicted to be an “explosive" hurricane season, the Trump administration has yet to install a leader for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On Monday (6.12), it was reported that a Senate panel confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to head up the agency. 


Hurricane Helper

A Primer for Hurricane Season



Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday (6.01). That means that before we start thinking about the Saints, there is some work to be done. It’s time for federal agencies to issue forecasts, locals to stockpile water (as well as adult beverages,) and the tech savvy to download apps. NoDef offers this handy primer on the humid months ahead.


POTUS Tries to Reason With Hurricane Season


Hurricane season starts on Wednesday (6.01) officially. In New Orleans, we know that the federal government sometimes ignores this season altogether. However, on Tuesday (5.31), President Obama issued some advice on preparation to the American people.


Brownie Crunch


Michael “heckuva job Brownie” Brown is back. First, presidential candidate Jeb Bush released a video touting in his hurricane management bonafides that includes some footage of the former Florida Gov alongside Brownie. However, Bush is not the only one feeling forgiving about the former FEMA chief. Brownie, himself, penned a longform piece for Politico titled, “Stop Blaming Me for Hurricane Katrina.”


Pressure Drop: Construction to Disrupt Water


Low water pressure is on tap across New Orleans. Robert Jackson at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) has been busy issuing advisories about three forthcoming construction projects and their effects. Elysian Fields, Holy Cross, and Common Street are all on the docket.


Common Ground: More Road Closures Coming to CBD


Since the Storm, New Orleans has been immersed in massive infrastructure projects. Work on the city’s waterlines has been particularly visible and lengthy. Finally, that monstrous project is also coming closer to an end with much of the work shifting from laying pipe to polishing up the roads above the tubes. However, there will still be road closures.


Mary Landrieu Pulls in $100M to Fix FEMA Flood Maps


As part of the continuing flood insurance fight, Mary Landrieu's office said Tuesday that the state's senior U.S. Senator followed through on a promise to keep funding in place that would fix inaccurate flood insurance maps. As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual budget, FEMA will receive a total of $221 million for the flood map project.


Mayor Nixes Plan to Move City Hall to Charity Hospital


Mayor Mitch's plan to turn Charity Hospital into a new home for City Hall won't come to fruition. According to a statement issued by Landrieu's office this week, the City doesn't have the money to renovate the shuttered CBD hospital. Now, the Mayor's plans for the seat of City government include staying in the current building at Duncan Plaza, and completing repairs. Meanwhile, Charity Hospital will remain vacant.


Flood Law Fixes Existing Insurance Rates


FEMA enacted one of the flood insurance fixes Tuesday that was passed as part of legislation championed by Louisiana's D.C. delegation earlier this year. As a result, existing flood insurance rates can remain the same even if a piece of property is sold to a new owner.


FEMA Accredits New Orleans Levees


The upgraded levees surrounding New Orleans are officially FEMA-certified. his week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted accrediation to the flood protection system in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and parts of other parishes. The designation means that FEMA believes the system can defend against flooding in a "100-year storm" as designed. 


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