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GOHSEP: Emergency Communications Improvements Since Katrina/Rita
BATON ROUGE (July 30, 2015) – Tactical communications is a critical component of successful emergency and disaster response. Response and recovery activities are provided by a host of local, state, federal and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and those need to be coordinated. First responders, regardless of which agency they represent, need to talk to each other and share situational information and data quickly and reliably. Responders at the scene of areas impacted by disaster need to communicate needs to individuals and organizations that can provide resources.

GOHSEP Website Offers Resources Concerning 10th Anniversaries of Katrina and Rita
BATON ROUGE (July 30, 2015) – As Louisiana observes the 10th Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, this is a time to look back and reflect on these two events and their impacts. Each citizen and every community across our State in 2005 was touched in some way, as were many individuals, organizations and communities beyond our borders.

Governor Jindal Issues Executive Order Flying Flags at Half Staff for the Victims of the Shooting in Lafayette
BATON ROUGE (July 25, 2015) – Governor Bobby Jindal has issued Executive Order No. BJ 2015 – 16: “Disturbing the Peace During Funerals.”

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Governor Jindal Issues Executive Order Flying Flags at Half Staff for the Victims of the Shooting in Lafayette
BATON ROUGE (July 24, 2015) – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half staff until Friday, July 31, 2015 out of respect for the victims of the Lafayette movie theater shooting, including Mayci Breaux of Franklin and Jillian Johnson of Lafayette.


How We Are More Prepared and Resilient Through Planning
BATON ROUGE (July 8, 2015) – A dedication to preparedness in the decade since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has forged a more resilient State, infrastructure and population. Planning is a critical component of preparedness. Starting in the command and control center of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in Baton Rouge, through state agencies and local government officials to the citizens who annually ready their homes and businesses, a lot of thought and effort has and continues to go into initiatives that create stronger, better prepared and more resilient communities overall.

GOHSEP Announces Emergency Management Grants for Parishes
BATON ROUGE (June 18, 2015) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) recently awarded nearly $2 million in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) funding to all 64 Louisiana Parishes. The EMPG provides federal grant funds to states to assist state, and local agencies to help prepare for all hazards as authorized by Title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).

GOHSEP News Release- System Approaching Gulf of Mexico
BATON ROUGE (June 14, 2015) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is closely watching a group of thunderstorms over the Yucatan Peninsula that could develop into a tropical system in the western Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Hurricane Center (NHC) have released updates giving the storms a 60 percent chance of development within the next 48 hours and a 60 percent chance of development through the next five days.

GOHSEP Teams to Begin Damage Assessments in Northwest Louisiana
BATON ROUGE (June 9, 2015) – Recovery teams from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) have started assessing damage in Northwest Louisiana. The information gathered in the assessments is needed in support of possible federal assistance. The data will be used to coordinate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and develop a request for President Barrack Obama to issue a Major Federal Disaster Declaration due to the Red River flooding.

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