The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is the coordinating agency for emergency and disaster activities that may result from natural, man-made, technological, or national security emergencies, or from acts of terrorism. Under the supervision of the Mayor-President, MOHSEP is governed under the Executive Branch of City-Parish government. As stated in the Louisiana R.S. § 29:72729:728 and 29:729 outlines the specific powers, authorities, and responsibilities of the Parish President and Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness agency. 

MOHSEP is responsible for developing programs, emergency operation capabilities, and inter-jurisdictional agreements to prevent disasters, if possible; reducing the vulnerability of parish residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented; establishing capabilities for protecting citizens from the effects of disasters; responding effectively to the actual occurrence of disasters; and providing for recovery in the aftermath of any emergency involving extensive damage or other debilitating influence on the normal pattern of life within the community. 

Utilizing the five phases of Emergency Management - Preparedness, Prevention, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, so as to save or protect life and property during survivable crises, the MOHSEP joins with Local, State, and Federal agencies to ensure that a national emergency management awareness effort to enhance our whole community resiliency, aid our mitigation and outreach efforts throughout East Baton Rouge Parish and protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.

MOHSEP strives to ensure that messaging is simple for residents and unified with all public safety partners to share emergency information before, during, and after disasters.

Through the Red Stick Ready campaign residents have access to a variety of tools and information:

  • Red Stick Ready Website
  • Paper Brochures
  • Informational Webinars from stakeholders 
  • Social Media
  • Presentations and Trainings
  • Community Events

Volunteer engagement is critical to the recovery operations and resiliency of the community. MOHSEP hosts trainings throughout the year for volunteers to enhance their skills in support of emergency operations.

As a CERT volunteer, you will work with MOHSEP to assist residents respond and recover from emergencies and disasters, including:

  • Emergency Shelter Operations
  • Hurricane Call Center Operations
  • Pet Evacuation & Sheltering
  • Special Events
  • Flood Clean Up
  • Disaster Recovery

Please visit the EBRP CERT page for more information and calendar of events. 

Advanced Traffic Management & Emergency Operations Center

The Greater Baton Rouge metropolitan area is exposed to many natural, technological, and man-made hazards, all of which have the potential to disrupt the community. Additionally, the area is a major thoroughfare for Interstate highway, waterway, and other types of transportation, plus a major hurricane evacuation route for much of Louisiana. East Baton Rouge Parish, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD), has built a state-of-the-art facility, which will integrate traffic surveillance, incident detection, traffic control, motorist information, as well as emergency response into one management center. This state-of-the-art facility is called the Advanced Traffic Management and Emergency Operation Center (ATM/EOC) and is the first of its kind to bring together many emergency response agencies.

In 2022 construction began for a $6.6 million East Baton Rouge Parish Safe Room and Training Center that will provide for largescale training and double as a staging and shelter location for first responders.