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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 GOHSEP says conditions have improved enough to where Hawaii has withdrawn it's request for help from Louisiana.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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Former GOHSEP employee says millions wasted on ice check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac. Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of... more »
  • WEB EXTRA: read the entire GOHSEP emergency release issued Friday night

    August 4, 2012 10:30 AM

    Officials from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana National Guard and the Department of Environmental Quality have engaged with local officials in Assumption parish who are responding to the threat of subsidence and subsurface instability in the... more »
  • Jindal picks St. Tammany chief as emergency leader

    November 30, 2011 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis has been chosen by the governor to be in charge of Louisiana's emergency preparedness office. He will start as director of the Governor's Office on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Dec. 9. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the appointment... more »
  • Metro Council votes to investigate spending

    November 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted to investigate spending by the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in connection with an ongoing dispute over federal grant money in East Baton Rouge Parish. Council members held a special meeting this afternoon to go through documents detailing how... more »
  • Council may vote on grant money investigation

    November 8, 2011 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members think federal grant money spent on things like city pay raises and a helicopter has been mismanaged, and they are calling for an investigation. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Preparedness says it has handled each and every document... more »
  • Metro Councilman wants investigation into MOHSEP

    November 4, 2011 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Council Member Chandler Loupe says he wants information on millions of dollars in federal grants issued to the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. To make sure that happens, he wants an official investigation by the Council. The investigation is now on the agenda... more »
  • Fallout continues over grant money in EBR

    November 3, 2011 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's more fallout over control of federal grant money for East Baton Rouge Parish. Mayor-President Kip Holden and Metro Council members are at odds over a familiar topic: communication between their offices. The council members claim they're not being given the information they need concerning... more »
  • Sheriff gets control over grant money

    October 27, 2011 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff is now in charge of nearly $4 million in crime-fighting money for the parish. It means Mayor-President Kip Holden has no say. For the past four months, Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux have been at odds over what to do... more »
  • GOHSEP grant deadline comes and goes, money still in limbo

    October 26, 2011 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Stacks of documents arrived on the door steps of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office Wednesday to close out a four-month long battle between EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden and EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. But GOHSEP says the grant applications for $4 million to... more »
  • GOHSEP checking for flood damage

    September 7, 2011 5:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Crews from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are driving through flood waters looking for flood damaged homes. They've searched and documented neighborhoods from Springfield to Maurepas. Hundreds of properties made the list which will be cross referenced with FEMA once the federal agency... more »
  • Emergency planners to hold earthquake exercise

    July 14, 2011 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will conduct an exercise today to help emergency officials prepare for dealing with the possibility of an earthquake disaster. Louisiana's earthquake risk stems from the New Madrid Fault, the most seismically active area of the United States east of... more »
  • Grant feud continues between Mayor and Sheriff

    July 6, 2011 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are violating state law. He says the sheriff's signature is not needed to collect millions of dollars in federal grants distributed by GOHSEP. The situation and developed into... more »
  • EBR Leaders Still at Odds Over State Money

    July 5, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he will move forward with plans to spend a portion of state money from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness or GOHSEP. He says Mayor Kip Holden has not signed off on the plan, but he... more »
  • Director of La. emergency office resigns

    June 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the governor's emergency preparedness office, Mark Cooper, has resigned as the peak of hurricane season nears. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Cooper's resignation Tuesday from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Deputy director Pat Santos will fill the job in... more »
  • Jindal: Threat of back water flooding lessened

    May 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Estimated water levels from the opening of the Morganza Spillway are being scaled back, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. During his daily briefing on flood-fighting efforts in the state, Jindal said water from the Spillway was moving much more slowly than anticipated. As a result, back... more »
  • Feds, state using Twitter and Facebook for terror alerts

    April 8, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government will no longer be using the color code system for terror updates. Some updates will be released using social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. The state has routinely used social media for critical information since Hurricane Gustav. About two million... more »
  • State agency paid alleged fraud claims to pastor after told of investigation

    March 17, 2011 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An area pastor is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. But an Inspector General's report also found at least one state agency knew about the alleged fraud and kept paying thousands of your money. Ricky Sinclair runs Miracle Place... more »
  • Gustav: two years later

    September 1, 2010 5:28 PM

    Labor Day is meant for relaxation; instead, on Sept. 1, 2008, it was a day ravaged by nearly hundred mile an hour winds. Light poles hit the ground, nearly every road in Baton Rouge was littered with trees and debris created unparalleled destruction in a city most recently used... more »
  • Katrina payments on hold

    April 10, 2010 3:04 PM

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Louisiana has stopped reimbursing the city of New Orleans for fees charged by a Hurricane Katrina recovery contractor. A review is underway into MWH America's contract with the city, after concerns were raised by the city inspector general. ... more »

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