New Orleans has had unique experience in dealing with and recovering from major urban emergencies. From Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to the city’s frequent boil water advisories, New Orleans has learned important lessons about what it takes to become a vibrant, resilient city that serves all its residents — particularly its most vulnerable.

New Orleans released its resilient NOLA strategy on August 28, 2015. Download it here, and watch a recording of the release event below. 

 

Get to know resilient NOLA.

Resilience Challenges

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Hurricane, Typhoon, Cyclone
  • Tropical Storms

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Jeff Hebert is the Chief Resilience Officer for New Orleans. Prior to becoming CRO, Mr. Hebert was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). NORA provides planning, financial support, and real estate for affordable housing and commercial corridor revitalization projects throughout the city.

Prior to joining NORA, Jeff served as the first-ever Director of Blight Policy and Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Jeff served as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority and has worked in community development in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies New York University and completed his graduate studies in City Planning at M.I.T. He recently completed the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Government Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research. 

Snapshot of New Orleans

  • 369,250

    Population as of 2012

In The Media

On August 28, 2015, New Orleans released Resilient NOLA. View the strategy here, and learn more about the launch and process here

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