Louisiana Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know
TheLouisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance Act gives the governor, after conferring with the parish presidents, powers and authority under an emergency proclamation to call for prompt response to emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, and other natural disasters, and terrorist events and other man-made disasters. The Governor's emergency powers include ordering evacuations; controlling access to certain geographic areas; suspending regulatory statutes, including the privacy of certain records; and arranging for the use of private property, facilities, services, and industries for emergency response, mitigation, and recovery. Such powers may be exercised either statewide or by parish (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 17:81.9).
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Get a Game Plan. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, known as GOHSEP, has developed a comprehensive new emergency preparedness program, "Get a Game Plan," which addresses most planning, preparation, and remediation concerns in one easily accessible Web page at http://gohsep.la.gov.
GOHSEP works with other state agencies and parish emergency management organizations to maintain the Louisiana Emergency Alert System, which uses local media to convey alerts and emergency information. Call 225-358-5521 or go to http://gohsep.la.gov/alert.aspx for more information.
Apps. The GOHSEP Get a Game Plan emergency information app for iPhones and iPads at http://gohsep.la.gov.