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E. Reid Brau
Executive Director, American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter

E. Reid Brau has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1989. Mr. Brau has been with the Red Cross for almost 31 years. The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross covers an area spanning ten parishes. He also serves as the Regional Executive Director for the North Louisiana Red Cross chapters, including Central and Northeast Louisiana, an area covering 30 parishes.

Mr. Brau works with his chapter Board of Directors, the American National Red Cross, his community chapters, staff and the general public on a daily basis. He is the chief liaison between the Red Cross and regional organizations such as the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He works closely with the politicians and leaders in several of the major cities throughout north Louisiana. He also spearheads all Northwest Louisiana Red Cross Disaster Response. In fact, Mr. Brau has been with Red Cross for all five of the biggest disasters to hit our area or the nation (Bossier Tornado - 1978, North Louisiana Floods - 1991, Benton Tornado - 1999, September 11th - 2001, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - 2005). He has watched the face of disaster response change dramatically over the years, evolving into what it has become today - a much more interactive, personal approach.

Mr. Brau is a past member of the Board of Directors for Noel United Methodist Church, the North Shreveport Industrial Park and the Caddo Council on Aging. He is a member of the Rotary Club and serves on several committees related to disaster preparedness. Mr. Brau has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is married with two daughters: Heather, an interior designer in Florida and Molly, an accomplished artist who is currently a senior at LSU in Baton Rouge.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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