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. § 29:727, 29:728and 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.