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New Link: UNO-CHART May 20, 2009

Posted by Dan in Links, Research.
University of New Orleans

University of New Orleans

With damaged student housing a plague upon the hinterlands of its campus, The University of New Orleans created a special research unit on Aug. 21, 2002 (around the same time post Katrina U.S. Postal Service households receiving mail data restarts) with the specific intent of reducing community vulnerability to many disaster types.

Damaged Student Housing south of U of NO

Damaged Student Housing south of U of NO

The focus of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) is to support Louisiana community sustainability in light of natural, technological, environmental and terrorist risks to which the region is vulnerable.

The Center undertakes applied social science research to understand ways in which Louisiana communities and the coastal region respond to these risks, assists in the development of best practices for reducing risks and helps in implementing these practices to achieve comprehensive community sustainability. The second focus of UNO-CHART is the reverse dynamic-the impacts of community activity–social / political /economic-on the ecosystems within the costal and southeast region of the state.

Center for Hazard Assessment Response and Technology

University of New Orleans
CERM Bldg., Suite 339
UNO Research and Technology Park
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148
United States

Contact Information
Telephone: 504-280-5760
Email: chart@removeme.uno.edu

Recent Work:

Recovery Lessons from New Orleans: A Review of a City’s Efforts to Recover from Hurricane Katrina and Implications for Emergency Management in British Columbia

A Project of the Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society in Collaboration with the University of New Orleans – CHART (Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology)

Recovery Lessons from New Orleans

Recovery Lessons from New Orleans

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New Orleans Elevations

Imagining what an attractive elevated home can look like is a challenge to many homeowners contemplating or actually beginning the house elevation process. The hazard center at the University of New Orleans, UNO-CHART, has developed a neighborhood-based map to offer New Orleans residents, community leaders, and others an opportunity to visualize home elevation options. Homeowners can see how others have elevated, including homeowners in their own neighborhood.

Some homeowners may not be sure they want to elevate their homes at all, others may have made the decision to elevate but do not know exactly what they envision for their home’s appearance once elevated. CHART hopes this electronic array of elevated homes will help with the decision making process.

The map shows a variety of elevated homes raised to all heights of elevation, whether it be the height for Flood Insurance/building ordinance requirements or much higher. It shows many different kinds of first floor treatments, that is, ways of covering or utilizing the space between the house and the ground. How the space is handled often depends on the height of the elevation. Lattice work and masonry are common for more moderate elevations. Shutters and recessed shaded areas appear in some of the higher houses.

The map shows houses representing owners of different income levels and houses in different states of repair. It features houses that were elevated long before Hurricane Katrina and houses that have been elevated since then. Some photos feature attractive landscaping, others point to the potential for landscaping. Architectural features, such as staircases, banisters, porches, and detailed exterior design work are highlighted wherever they occur. CHART hopes that through discussion and illustration of home elevation, communities will view mitigation and thus, enhanced safety, as attractive and desirable.

click here to see the map

New Orleans Elevations
New Orleans Elevations

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