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Solar Power for Your Home: A Consumer's Guide
Are you thinking about adding a solar energy system to your home to generate electricity? If so, this consumer guide will help you explore various options, ask important questions and make a well-informed decision. (PDF Format Only)
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LaHouse Resource Center
A research-based showcase of solutions and educational programs to help you shape the future with homes that offer MORE benefits with LESS ....
Steel Mesh Termite Barrier
Termite Resistance
Use multiple methods to make your home resistant to damage from termites, especially Formosan subterranean termites, and other wood-destroying insects. Since basic controls and most state approved stand-alone treatments are not fool-proof, it’s wise to invest in a second line of defense or even a totally termite-resistant structure. Click here to find out how to make your home resistant to termites.
Flood Hazards in Louisiana
Louisiana floods - from excess rain and poor drainage; from overflow of rivers, streams and bayous; from drainage channels backing-up; from storm surge; from levee failures.
NFIP Claims and Levees: What you need to know
Flood Insurance and Levees
FEMA released a Levees Brochure during the Spring 2011 Floods, explaining NFIP coverage behind levees, for protective measures and the waiting period. This page is copied directly from that brochure and includes a PDF of the original document as an attachment.
My House Family
My House, My Home
Whenever you build, remodel or buy a home, you have the power of choice. Use this science-based guide to take control of your investment and enjoy a high-performance home that offers so much more than shelter and style alone.
Prepare an evacuation to-go kit for your child
(Distributed 08/29/08) Adults are urged to assemble a “grab-and-go” box of important papers in case of a hurricane evacuation. How about making a “to-go kit” for your child? Assembling a few treasured items can help your child in times of disaster, according to LSU AgCenter family development professor Dr. Rebecca White.
Manage post-hurricane stress
(Distributed 09/07/08) You probably can’t avoid the stress coming in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, but you can manage it, says LSU AgCenter family and consumer sciences specialist Becky White.
Recovery and Rebuilding Online Info
2015 Hurricanes
Louisiana faces serious flood threats during tropical storms and hurricanes from a combination of surge and inland rain. This site directs you to information you can use to understand how predicted flood levels may impact you, how you can reduce flood damage and how you can recover and rebuild once the floodwaters recede.
Formosan Subterranean Temite Damage and Detection
Formosan Subterranean Termite Damage and Detection
Most people are aware of the damage fire and severe weather can do to their homes, but many overlook the threat of termites. Photos of termite damage and signs of termite infestation are included in this publication, which covers Formosan subterranean termites and other subterranean termites.
FloodMaps brochure
Using Flood Maps when Waters are Rising
The LSUAgCenter Flood Maps portal displays Flood Insurance Rate Maps, used for rating flood insurance and as a basis for regulating development in identified flood hazard areas. The portal can be useful in estimating your risk when flooding is anticipated. This page tells you how and explains what you can and cannot do with the information provided on the portal.
Windspeed Map Portal
Using interactive maps to find ground elevation
As the flood crest moves down the Mississippi, Red and Atchafalaya Rivers, and as hurricane rain and surge threatens Louisiana many people want to compare their ground elevation to a predicted flood crest at their property. This page gives detailed instructions for using the two LSU AgCenter interactive mapping systems to assess flood risk.
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Emergency Protection from Rising Water
Guide to information about emergency measures you can use to protect property from flooding (rising water). Includes links to Web pages, fact sheets (PDF files) and videos.
Rivers and the Weather - Conditions and Forecast
This page will connect you with hurricane, weather and stream data resources for Louisiana.
Wrap with Plastic - Flood
Flood Wraps and Temporary Shields
You can keep shallow flood water out of a slab-on-grade home using plastic sheeting supported by the wall of the building or on special stands away from the wall. This is an emergency protection measure that is more effective than using sandbags, but does require advance preparation.
Water-inflated Barriers Series
Water-inflated tubing is a new and effective emergency method of closing a gap, temporarily raising the height of an existing levee or putting a barrier around a building.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) may be defined as the intelligent selection, integration and use of actions to manage a pest while attempting to achieve favorable economic, ecological and sociological consequences.
Information Needed to Get a Building Permit
When you go to get building permt, you will need to provide certain information about your construction project. This page lists the most common items.
House Plan Requirements
To obtain a building permit you'll need a description and drawings of your construction plans. This page describes some minimum plan requirements.
Detailed Explanation of Permitting Requirements
When seeking a building permit, you may need addition documents. This page describes the Flood Zone Determination, Elevation Certificate, Foundation Plan, Damage Inspection Rating and an On-Site Waste-Water Treatment Permit.
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