La. GOHSEP plans exercise to manage multi-state response

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Test of state's Emergency Management Asssitance Compact (EMAC) Mobilization Unit

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:35pm

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) will lead an exercise April 15th to test the state’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Mobilization Unit. There will be up to 200 participants taking part in the exercise which aims to process first responders, personnel, resources and ambulances arriving in Louisiana to help after a disaster. The EMAC Personnel Accountability and Processing Plan (EPAPP) is designed to keep track of people and resources after an event like a hurricane.

GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis says, “Louisiana stands ready to assist other states if they call for help, like during our response to Super Storm Sandy in the Northeast. Many states are also ready to help us after a crisis. This exercise allows GOHSEP to test its EMAC mobilization plans, train staff and coordinate work with other agencies and resource providers in identifying and pre-packaging resources that could assist other states.”

The exercise will take place the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Ascension Parish on Tuesday, April 15, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently recognized GOHSEP’s EMAC program during a statewide readiness exercise. During the two day exercise, GOHSEP validated its current EMAC plans and procedures, trained personnel and coordinated resources with 21 EMAC member states using the EMAC Operations System.

You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org. The Get a Game Plan App is also available for download to your smart phones or tablets. 

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