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The following websites contain information that may be useful to those rebuilding from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or other storms. Websites are listed alphabetically by the name of the organization.

The Congress is the organization that organized the historic Mississippi Renewal Forum charrette in October 2005. New Urbanism is an urban design movement that burst onto the scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. New Urbanists aim to reform all aspects of real estate development. Their work affects regional and local plans. They are involved in new development, urban retrofits, and suburban infill. In all cases, New Urbanist neighborhoods are walkable, and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe these strategies are the best way to reduce how long people spend in traffic, to increase the supply of affordable housing, and to rein in urban sprawl. Many other issues, such as historic restoration, safe streets, and green building are also covered in the Charter of the New Urbanism, the movement's seminal document.

The Disaster Contractors Network shares information and resource matching among government, the construction community, home and business owners before, during and after disasters strike.

Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, two of the founders of the New Urbanism, led the Mississippi Renewal Forum charrette in October 2005, and also led three charrettes sponsored by the state of Louisiana for hurricanes Katrina and Rita recovery in February and March 2006. Since its founding in 1980, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company has completed designs for over 250 new and existing communities. This work has exerted a major influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the United States. A significant aspect of DPZ's work is its innovative use of planning regulations, including the urban and architectural codes that accompany each design. Tailored to the individual project, the codes address the manner in which buildings are formed and located to ensure that they create useful and distinctive public spaces. Local architectural traditions and building techniques are also codified within the regulations.

The FEMA site is the federal mega-site for disaster recovery assistance. Sub-pages that might be of interest are noted below.

The Mitigation Division page contains links to a number of useful areas. Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people's lives and property through damage prevention and flood insurance.

Here’s the Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series.

This was a housing services hub for Katrina victims where users can offer up housing space for victims, or hurricane survivors can search for available rooms, houses, apartments, etc. Sadly, the organization was closed in 2014, but the site is still up, and it contains many good ideas and resources.

Like Katrina’s Angels, the Recovery Authority closed (2010) but there are still links to resources on the website.

This site archives work resulting from the historic Mississippi Renewal Forum charrette in October 2005, which was probably the largest planning event in recorded history with a design team of close to 200 people. The designs on this site resulted from that charrette. Read here about how it all began, including documentation of and the story behind some of the designs as they happened.

The New Urban Guild was the original host of the Katrina Cottages initiative. In the years since, Guild members have folded the many lessons of the Katrina Cottages into Project:SmartDwelling, which sets out to redefine the American home smaller, smarter, and more sustainable.

This New Urbanist specialty firm is the online repository for information on Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company's SmartCode. The SmartCode was used as a template for replacing or providing an alternative to sprawl-based zoning ordinances in communities all along the Gulf Coast.

This New Urbanist planning and architecture firm produced A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast Neighborhoods as part of the Mississippi Renewal Forum effort, and is producing another similar pattern book for use in Louisiana. They were pioneers in the recovery of the pattern book as a tool for improving the quality of our built environment.

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