(Press release: State of Louisiana)
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The teams currently being deployed include five ambulance strike teams coordinated by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). The Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) is sending nearly 20 personnel with water and structural rescue assets. Those groups will pair up with about 75 firefighters and medics from the state's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) taskforces. Louisiana Taskforce 1 (New Orleans) is providing 25 personnel. Louisiana Taskforce 2 (Baton Rouge) is providing 35 personnel. Regional Response Team (RRT) 6 (Pineville/Alexandria) is sending 5 personnel and RRT 8 (Monroe area) is sending 12 personnel to Florida. Eighteen boats, one K-9 team, 4 medical specialists with 2 ambulances are included with those teams. Florida has also requested helicopter search and rescue support. A helicopter and support team from the Louisiana National Guard (LANG) is on standby to answer that call once the storm moves out of the region and the conditions improve to the point where that type of work can begin.
“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Florida and everyone who may be impacted by this storm,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Louisiana has already deployed emergency response teams and equipment and stands ready to supply any additional assistance that may be needed. The people of Florida have certainly been there for Louisiana during our time of responding to disasters, and we will certainly be there to provide whatever help we can.”
“GOHSEP will continue to review and fill additional requests received from Florida and any other states potentially impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “Louisiana is known as one of the leaders in coordination for EMAC support. We always stand ready to help our emergency management partners facing an emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Hurricane Michael’s path and the first responders working to keep everyone safe.”
EMAC establishes a firm legal foundation for sharing resources between states. Once the conditions for providing assistance to a requesting state have been set, the terms constitute a legally binding agreement. The EMAC legislation solves the problems of liability and responsibilities of cost and allows for credentials, licenses, and certifications to be honoured across state lines.
EMAC is implemented within the State Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the Governor of the State. This provides a consistent and coordinated response across the nation.
Deploying resources through EMAC leverages federal grant dollars (such as the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) invested in state and local emergency management resource capabilities.
Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Listen to conversations on all aspects of emergency management by downloading GOHSEP’s The Get A Game Plan Podcast. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type of emergency. You can download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.