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  • Assessment teams working through damaged neighborhoods Play Video

    February 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - As people cleanup from the tornadoes that tore through Louisiana Tuesday, damage assessment teams are walking neighborhoods gauging the damage. There are some things homeowners should do to properly document what's happened. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends victims contact their insurance company... more »
  • GOHSEP, LANG release new flood statistics

    August 25, 2016 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 19,040 citizens and 2,660 pets were rescued in the first seven days that came after the start of this month’s historic flooding. As of Thursday, the National Guard has distributed more than 250,220 MREs and 683,520 bottles of water.... more »
  • Law enforcement agencies meet to discuss safety in wake of protest shootings

    July 8, 2016 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness was the site of a Friday morning meeting between law enforcement agencies in the Baton Rouge area to discuss safety ahead of Thursday night's deadly shootings during a Dallas protest. Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge Police and... more »
  • Residents urged to use caution due to heat levels

    June 16, 2016 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Due to the dangerous heat levels in the state, a heat advisory has been issued for the Baton Rouge area until Friday at 7 p.m. According to WBRZ Meteorologist Josh Eachus, Thursday and Friday will have afternoon heat values from 105 to 110. The National... more »
  • Governor requests SBA assistance in Assumption after strong winds

    June 8, 2016 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially filed a request that the U.S. Small Business Administration offer SBA Disaster Assistance loans for residents of Assumption Parish that were recently affected by severe weather. On May 19, the parish saw strong straight-line winds that caused damage to a... more »
  • Thousands of homes flooded, Edwards to tour west La. Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Emergency officials say thousands of homes have received flood damage after severe weather brought record breaking rainfall to Louisiana this week. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says initial reports indicate more than 4,958 homes received flood damage already. GOHSEP says that number... more »
  • Governor addresses severe weather response

    March 10, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards received an update Thursday on the state's efforts to deal with widespread flooding in North Louisiana and the preparations underway for severe weather along the I-10 corridor. Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a UCG mtg at GOHSEP concerning the current... more »
  • GOHSEP raises alert level, monitoring flooding Play Video

    March 9, 2016 11:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness raised it's alert level Wednesday evening. They are operating around the clock monitoring the flooding situation in North Louisiana. Governor Edwards is expected to meet with GOHSEP employees tomorrow to discuss the flooding and the impending severe weather... more »
  • Crisis Action Team to activate Tuesday due to flooding threat Play Video

    March 7, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness plans to activate the Crisis Action Team tomorrow as the threat of flooding looms over Louisiana. The team will be on standby to answer requests from parishes in need of assistance. "We are pretty much ready to... more »
  • GOHSEP's Crisis Action Team activated in wake of storms

    February 23, 2016 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards urged extra caution to state residents after Tuesday’s strong storms and clean up begins. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness say they’re closely monitoring the conditions. GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team has been activated to coordinate any requests that come... more »
  • GOHSEP urges caution ahead of tonight's severe weather threat

    January 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging residents of the state to be aware of severe weather expected to hit Louisiana this evening as a cold front moves across the region. GOHSEP urges residents to stay tuned to stations like WBRZ News... more »
  • Governor issues "State of Emergency" as Mississippi River rises to dangerous levels Play Video

    December 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, in case the Mississippi River gets too high. There are already problems up-stream. Both Jindal's and Edward’s Administrations are preparing for historic high water. Levels that have not been seen since 2011. National Weather Service Ken Graham said an... more »
  • More severe weather possible starting today

    November 5, 2015 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has urged residents in the state to be as prepared as possible for likely severe weather this weekend. The National Weather Service has indicated that much of Louisiana is under a marginal risk of severe weather starting... more »
  • $116 million in FEMA reimbursements tied up Play Video

    October 5, 2015 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two reports detail how $116 million in FEMA disaster reimbursement requests is tied up waiting for paperwork to be filled out correctly. The reports come from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor who is paid around $4 million a year to check the documents along with the Governor's Office... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny Play Video

    August 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny. A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten... more »
  • Dangerous heat warning this weekend

    August 7, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials warned people in Louisiana about dangerous heat and humidity levels expected to scorch the state this weekend. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urged people to use caution because of the triple-digit temperatures forecast for Saturday and Sunday. The National... more »
  • GOHSEP begins assessing Red River flood damage

    June 9, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Recovery teams from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have started assessing damage in Northwest Louisiana affected by Red River flooding. "We want to make sure everything is done to help people and communities impacted by the Red River flooding,"GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis... more »
  • Hard freeze warning in effect tonight for most of La.

    November 17, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness asked residents on Monday morning to prepare themselves for yet another round of severe winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning or freeze warning for much of Louisiana. The freeze is expected... more »
  • Jindal holds meeting to discuss Ebola preparedness

    October 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a meeting Wednesday to gather updates from state agencies to ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be confirmed in Louisiana. The governor said it is important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola... more »
  • State leaders sick over sickness scare Play Video

    September 18, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A sick ship on the Mississippi River more than a hundred river miles south of the capitol created ripples all to the state's seat Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and the Coast Guard took command when a group of sick crewmen needed assistance aboard the... more »
  • GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii

    August 10, 2014 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they are no longer sending a two-person team to Hawaii to help with storm conditions. GOHSEP says conditions have improved enough to where Hawaii has withdrawn it's request for help from Louisiana. Initially, Hawaii had... more »
  • GOHSEP sending two to Hawaii for hurricanes

    August 8, 2014 1:38 PM

    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.... more »
  • Heavy rain being monitored across southern La.

    July 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials said they're monitoring heavy rainfall across much of Louisiana Friday that's also expected to continue into the weekend. GOHSEP representatives said several parishes are already under flood watches. The state agency said they're keeping in contact with local emergency management officials to keep... more »
  • Emergency managers reviewing disaster plans

    July 16, 2014 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency managers from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi gathered in Covington today to go over hurricane evacuation plans and icy roadway mapping. The gathering of state- and local-level emergency managers will let them go over contraflow evacuation plans for each state, county, and parish in the region... more »
  • Technology changes the scene for first responders Play Video

    April 15, 2014 5:42 PM

    GONZALES - First responders in Louisiana tested the state's emergency response system to get ready for hurricane season this week. Teams from across Louisiana took a test run of the multi-state emergency response system, Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Mobilization Unit. Just like in a real emergency, everyone checks... more »
  • Preparations made for colder weather

    January 23, 2014 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials took several steps Thursday to prepare for a deep chill forecast to hit the state over the next 24 hours. The Department of Transportation and Development said crews are on standby to deal with any issues caused by snow, freezing rain or sleet in... more »
  • People, agencies prep for Karen Play Video

    October 4, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Much of the Gulf Coast is watching carefully as Tropical Storm Karen nears. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness is currently evaluating to see what type of response may be needed. GOHSEP has a close eye on the tropical storm and has crews in place... more »
  • For Karen, be prepared but not scared Play Video

    October 3, 2013 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Tropical Storm Karen approaches the Gulf Coast, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is gearing up for any situation. The emergency operations center isn't too busy right now, but it can be filled with crews of responders in a matter of seconds.... more »
  • IG: Millions in ice allowed to melt during Isaac

    August 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions of pounds of ice from Hurricane Isaac were allowed to melt away following the storm, according to a report by the Office of the State Inspector General. According to the report, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 45 million pounds of... more »
  • Toxic letters sent to Bloomberg from Shreveport

    May 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    SHREVEPORT- Officials say two threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of the deadly poison ricin and were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport. New York City police said Wednesday the anonymous letters were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday... more »

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