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CRC DOCUMENTS

INFRASTRUCTURE SUB-COMMITTEE
Project Identification Template Instructions (.pdf)
Project Identification Template (.doc)

CRC Umbrella Topics
Review a starter list of topics and sub-categories that will inform our Coastal Recovery discussions. (576kb .pdf)

PUBLIC MEETING DISPLAY POSTERS, NOVEMBER 8-10

A Healthy Economy (3.0mb .pdf)
A Healthy Environment (3.0mb .pdf)
A Healthy Society (3.5mb .pdf)


OCTOBER 26 MID-COURSE REPORT: BOARD COPY

Healthy Environment Boards Compete (doc)
Healthy Society Boards Complete (doc)
Healthy Economy Board Complete (docx)
Healthy Economy Insurance Board Final (doc)

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

“Brain Dump” and initial meeting (doc)

HEALTHY SOCIETY

CRC Health “Brain Dump,” Sep. 28 (doc)
CRC Community College Meeting Notes, Oct. 06 (doc)
CRC Higher Education Subcommittee Meeting Notes, Oct. 12 (doc)

HEALTHY ECONOMY

CRC Infrastructure Subcommittee Notes (doc)
Small Business, Bridge Loan Backgrounder (doc)
CRC Insurance Meeting Notes, Oct. 19 (doc)

INSURANCE

Walter Bell Presentation, Oct. 4 (pdf)

BALDWIN COUNTY “WAR ROOM”

Timeline (xls)
Topics and Task Forces (doc)
Long-Term Business Recovery (doc)
Environmental Recovery Plan (doc)
Economic Enhancement Plan (doc)

GULF ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs, home page
Gulf of Mexico Alliance home page
Dauphin Island Sea Lab home page
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

BACKGROUND: WHAT DOES RESILIENCE LOOK LIKE?

NOAA, Coastal Resilience Guide (3.9mb pdf)
NOAA, State of the Coasts
NOAA, Coastal Community Resilience studies
NOAA, Coastal Services Center
NOAA, Coastal Services Center, Gulf Coast
EPA, Coastal Community Resilience (Gulf)
HUD-EPA-DOT, Sustainable Communities
Entergy and others: Building a Resilient Gulf Coast (1.5mb pdf)
Center for National Policy: Before the Next Katrina (3.6mb pdf)
Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)
Coastal Community Resilience, Rhode Island model
Coastal Community Resilience, Maine, Climate Change effects
EPA, Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities
EPA, Coastal Community Resilience, Gulf Coast, climate change
LSU studies community resilience, 2008, contacts and researchers
Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, NOAA-funded atlas, etc.

BACKGROUND: THE MABUS REPORT

“America’s Gulf Coast: A Longterm Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill” (7.7mb .pdf)

BACKGROUND: GENERAL INFORMATION

EPA webpage with oil spill info
Federal webpage about Gulf restoration efforts
Speech by BP’s Mike Utsler, CEO of Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, Clean Gulf Conference, Oct. 19-20 (pdf)
Gulf of Mexico Alliance: “Gulf at a Glance” (pdf)
Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Coastal Community Resiliency
Post-Katrina recommendations from the Mississippi Governor’s Commission (2005)

BACKGROUND: ENVIRONMENT

Shorelines and coastal habitats via Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant
Gulf of Mexico Research Needs Survey
Mapping services and other links, GOM Sea Grant site

BACKGROUND: HEALTH AND SOCIAL ISSUES

RAND Gulf States Policy Institute on social issues post-Katrina
Oxfam, One Gulf, resilient Gulf: A plan for making the natural, man-made, and social environments for resilient
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Communities

BACKGROUND: ECONOMICS

NOAA report: “Hazard and Resiliency Planning: Perceived Benefits and Barriers Among Land Use Planners” (pdf)
Michael Gallis & Associates Report for Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and other partners (2007-2008) (pdf)

BACKGROUND: EMERGENCY RESPONSE

RAND Analysis

BACKGROUND: SEAFOOD SAFETY

Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Program Efforts
Gulf of Mexico Alliance, water quality initiative

INSURANCE ISSUES

FEMA coastal construction manual
FEMA: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
FEMA: Stats on NFIP
Insurance Information Institute, Catastrophe Issues, Oct. 2010
Insurance Information Institute, Alabama insurance fact file
Insurance Information Institute, Hurricane Katrina Fact file, march 2010
Insurance Information Institure analysis of NFIP issues
Insurance Information Institute facts on NFIP policies and payouts, downloadable Powerpoint
Prospects for NFIP reform: Industry pub, Sep. 23, 2010
Institute for Business and Home Safety

  • Headline

    A once-in-a generation opportunity is upon us. A transformational moment in Alabama history.

    That’s how Gov. Bob Riley described hopes for the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama, created by his executive order on September 27, 2010.

    The CRC’s mission: To shape, in the wake of BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill, “a roadmap to resilience” for South Alabama.

    “We must do everything we can to restore what’s been lost because of this disaster,” said Gov. Riley. “But we should also use this moment to strengthen the resilience of our state and coastal communities. The commission will recommend ways that improve our ability to respond to future challenges and examine strategies that will mean far less suffering the next time a catastrophe threatens us.”

    The CRC’s work is funded entirely with BP money already contributed to the state. No tax dollars will be used. What’s more, Gov. Riley took pains to insulate the Commission as much as possible from politics as usual. Since he leaves office in January, he’s acutely aware that the recommendations of the Commission will be in another governor’s hands. So he’s reached out to the political camps of both men vying to replace him, inviting them to appoint their own representatives to the Commission to participate in shaping a report that should inspire the new governor no matter who wins in the November elections.

    What’s more, Gov. Riley is asking local elected officials to give the Commission a little room to work. “We’ll bring politicians in,” said the governor. “But this will be a citizen-led – not a politician-led – effort. If we do that, I promise you it will be successful.”

    The CRC is made up of citizen leaders with broad ranges of experience in civic life in Alabama’s coastal region. It’s headed by Mobile Press-Register publisher Ricky Mathews, who brings to this effort the experience of a similar commission in the post-Hurricane Katrina environment of coastal Mississippi. For a complete list of CRC members, go here.

    “What we learned after Katrina on the Mississippi Coast,” said Mathews, “is that a crisis of even enormous proportions provides opportunities to re-imagine a whole region.

    “If we do our work on this commission right,” Mathews said, “we can position South Alabama for not only bouncing back more effectively from future catastrophes like oil spills and hurricanes but also for providing greater security and more opportunity for all of our citizens, even when there are no emergencies. That’s the essence of resiliency.”

    Forging consensus on what the oil spill’s impacts were and how to make the coast safer for citizens and visitors and more secure for long-term investment is tough enough. Implementing the Commission’s recommendations next year and in the years after will be harder – if the Commission is not able to begin building coalitions of support during this process. “If we’re to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mathews, “we have to begin thinking bigger and broader than we ever have.

    “Oil spills and hurricanes don’t just threaten isolated spots on a map,” said Mathews. “Their effects reverberate through an entire state, through a region even. So our chances for coping with future threats depend upon us building a regional vision, an awareness of how we’re connected with one another and how we can work with one another to do more than any of us as individual citizens or individual communities ever imagined.”

    This is a project on a fast track. At some point – no one knows exactly when – there is the potential for billions of dollars to flow to the coastal states from BP and from other energy-related sources. To assure that Alabama is positioned to make the most of this potential investment, “we need a plan,” said Gov. Riley. And it has to come quickly.

    So the Commission is committed to delivering its report by Dec. 15, initially as a downloadable pdf from this website. Printed books will be available soon thereafter.

    The Commission is organizing its work under three broad topics, each connected with the other and each representing a key component of regional adaptability and sustainability:

    A Healthy Environment
    A Healthy Society
    A Healthy Economy

    Commission members are assigned to each of the topics and will break the broader categories into sub-committees as they see fit. We’ll report on the activities of those committees and sub-committees on this website regularly.

    This is a very public process. Participation of regional experts, elected and appointed officials from all the towns and counties affected by the oil spill, regional business folks, and residents will have plenty of opportunities to review CRC work in progress and contribute their ideas and comments. They’ll be able to do that in person at community meetings, by mail or phone, and online via this website.

    Here’s how to make the best use of this site:



    If you want to know who’s on the Commission and who’s staffing it, click on the WHO tab in the toolbar above.

    If you want to understand the CRC’s mission, get answers to frequently asked questions, and see background data committees are gathering, click on the WHAT & WHY tab.

    If you want to know the schedule of public events and locations for meetings, click on the WHEN & WHERE tab.

    If you want to contact us directly, you’ll find information under CONTACT US, and at the bottom of each news post in the column to the left, is space for comments and questions.

    If you want to read or see what others are saying about the CRC effort, we’ll post links and documens under IN THE NEWS.





    This is going to move fast. So keep in touch. We need your participation.







  • PROCESS VIDEOS
    To see how the CRC based its work on the experiences of those most affected by the oil spill, click this video below:
    Click this video to watch our mid-course update:
    Click this video to explore the CRC's goals and principles:
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