Lending support & critical information for hurricane recovery

Rebuilding the Boot campaign for resilient repair of storm-damaged structures

Tim Reinhold, formerly IIBHS (technical brochures)


Rev. James Harris, Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, DeQuincy, LA (tool lending from shipping containers for resilient rebuild guided by instructional brochures)


Nicki Boudreaux, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Nicholls State University (public relations and marketing campaign)


Shirley Laska, Lowlander Center (coordinator)


Innovation and Description: Rebuilding the Boot campaign for resilient repair of storm-damaged structures

Disseminating information about how to resiliently repair or build new structures in hurricane high-risk coastal Louisiana with focus on modest- income homeowners and owners of rental property through use of detailed flyers plus on-line presence, tool sheds  and resilient roof design models in communities.

Other Participants:

Cindy Robertson, Micah 6.8 Mission, Sulphur, LA;  Jeff Adams, Town of Jean Lafitte, and others who distributed information to libraries, construction stores, government offices.

Primary Disaster Justice Benefits:

Louisiana, as with most states, does not have an adequate construction culture to build robustly resiliently for wind and flooding storm damage, relying instead on insurance policy recovery.  Modest-income homeowners do not carry insurance and thus have limited resources to recover, often living in risky – unhealthy, storm risk habitation following a storm.  Developing a strong resilient construction culture is mandatory for supporting modest-income housing.

Secondary Disaster Justice Benefits:

While the target of the project is modest-income residents, contractors who serve more wealthy residents also enhance their resilient rebuild capacity, thus strengthening the broader community recovery.

Would you recommend others (disaster survivors, disaster-impacted communities) learn more about the activity, project or program to consider adoption of a similar one?

The entire country is inadequately informed about resilient construction. Given the increased risk due to weather damage from climate changes, all communities should pursue construction resiliency focused on their weather risks.

What refinements additional to the ones you have implemented would you recommend others consider if they wish to adopt the activity, project or program?

How to disseminate knowledge about resilient construction and rebuild as effectively as possible – speed, breadth, target on those who will make construction/repairs and decisions to do so.