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Louisiana Response and Recovery Teams aid Texas, Florida with Irma, Harvey Featured

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irma roofGiven the horrendous disaster circumstances arising from Hurricane Harvey, which caused significant damage to Texas and the recent Hurricane Irma which has impacted virtually every county in the State of Florida, Louisiana is reaching out to help those states (and perhaps others) in need.

 (Photo: Irma destroys roof of building)

Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is deploying employees and coordinating assistance from other state agencies for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts.  The employees are being deployed after requests for help from hurricane impacted states made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

 Below is a statement from GOSHEP:

“We are ready to help our neighbors during their time of need,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Other states often look for Louisiana specialists to help with response and recovery efforts due to our experience. Louisiana search and rescue teams saved lives in Texas and thousands of evacuees found refuge in our shelters after flooding last month in Texas. We stand ready to answer any call for support we can help fill.” 

GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom said, “Louisiana is often one of the first states to answer the call for help after a crisis. The threat from Irma is still evolving as the system pushes north.  We will monitor those conditions and be ready to respond.  It is important to remember we are still in the heart of hurricane season and other threats could develop. Finalize your emergency game plans and restock your emergency supplies.” 

EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states. Through EMAC, states are able to join forces and help one another, as needed, during each phase of the emergency.  The state-to-state system was developed after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and established in 1996. 

Current Louisiana EMAC Missions: 


EMAC Specialists (3) - 2 FL, 1 GA

Shelter Specialist (1) 

*GOHSEP’s Deputy Director is also in Texas helping develop potential temporary housing options based on the Shelter at Home program. 

Louisiana State Fire Marshal: 

Urban Search and Rescue Specialists (50)

Canine Search Specialists (3)

Medical Specialists (2)

Operations Team (5)

Incident Management Team Commander (1)

Operations Chief (1)

Planning Chief (1)

Logistics Chief (1)

Finance/Administration Chief (1)

Safety Officer (1)

Public Information Officer (1)

Medical Manager (1) 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: 

Water Rescue Teams (50)

Command Center Operator (1)

Fuel Trailer Operators (3) 

Louisiana Army National Guard: 

One engineering company (159) to provide mission command and coordination of platoons to conduct repair, maintenance and construction of various infrastructure needs.

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