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GOHSEP sending two to Hawaii for hurricanes

11 months ago August 08, 2014 Aug 8, 2014 Friday, August 08 2014 Friday, August 08, 2014 12:38:18 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security said Friday that two emergency personnel were being sent to Hawaii to help respond to two tropical systems threatening the state.

Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii Thursday night. Hurricane Julio is following a similar track toward the state.

GOHSEP said the two Louisiana workers will join others from states involved in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. That agreement was established in 1996 to allow states that are not in a declared disaster area to help states in need.

"Louisiana is happy to provide this level of assistance through EMAC, similar to assistance we have received in the past after a hurricane. GOHSEP's emergency personnel have proven they have the experience to answer these types of calls in an efficient and effective manner," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis.

The team will work in Hawaii's Emergency Operations Center and help process all EMAC requests, generate situational reports, maintain deployment schedules for employees providing assistance and collect and maintain personnel and cost tracking information.

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