Communications and Emergency Management are synonymous. Each emergency scenario has its own unique requirements. This means that GOHSEP; entrusted with the responsibility to protect the citizens of Louisiana during times of need, must remain flexible. We strive to seek out and deploy the latest tools and technologies that provide for efficient, cost effective, multiple layers of reliable communications.
Our needs reach throughout the state. We must be able to pass critical information to all of the parishes, State agencies and other partner organizations located within radio tower coverage as well as communicate with the surrounding states, and Federal agencies. We do this through traditional methods such as telephone, fax and basic radio and other methods such as satellite and amateur radio.
Communications is usually the key element as well as the most difficult element to insure during disasters. Continuing to communicate is a constant goal of this Agency. Louisiana utilizes the
Louisiana Wireless Information Network (LWIN) 700MHz/800MHz trunked radio system which continues to perform excellent. The system has 95% portable radio statewide coverage utilizing a repeater network.
Satellite and wireless
satellite communications has in the past been expensive. Today with the advances in technology, we are able to move into these areas as well. We have a satellite communications system in place, with access from all Parishes. This office also utilizes satellite information feeds from the Data Transmission Network (DTN). Weather and satellite television that supplements more traditional wired feeds. These are the large systems, but cellular and wireless technology as a whole is increasingly more applicable and critical to our operations.
An important element in contingency planning is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) organization. These are volunteer amateur radio operators who are dedicated to providing emergency communications to Louisiana in times of extraordinary need.
Secure FAX and Video, non-secure video and telephone conferencing are all tools currently utilized for providing and receiving critical information to our partners, decision makers and those that we support.
Another important tool are hotlines to the three nuclear plants that effect Louisiana.