Boards and Committees
The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director and Staff members serve on many committees, subcommittees, and task forces to address issues relating to the community, safety, and emergency preparedness and response activities. The following are a few of the working groups that this agency participates in or serves as the Chairperson.
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) review Emergency Response Plans and make recommendations for the implementation of those plans. The LEPC serves as a focal point in the community for information and discussion about hazardous substance emergency planning and health and environmental risks. The LEPC is required to evaluate hazardous chemicals in manufacturing, storage, use, or transportation within the community and to develop plans to respond to incidents involving these hazardous materials.
The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness serves as the LEPC in East Baton Rouge Parish and is responsible for:
- Emergency Plan Review
- Tier II Filings
- Incident or Response Review
- Public Records Request Response
Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee
The Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act (Disaster Act) – Louisiana Revised Statute (LRS) Title 29:727 I. (1) – mandates that each Parish or Police Jury President, through the Parish Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP), form a Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee (PEMAC). The purpose of the committee is to offer advice and counsel to the Parish or Police Jury President on homeland security and emergency management issues. It is also intended to ensure that planning between the State, Parish administration, Parish counsel, and all municipalities and agencies involved in emergency management is sustained in a consistent manner.
Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition
The Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition is a formal collaboration among healthcare facilities, State and Local Offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, State Health departments, the Louisiana Emergency Response Network, and numerous emergency medical services and first responder agencies. The coalition actively engages in strategic planning, identification of gaps and mitigation strategies, operational planning and response, information sharing, and resource coordination and management. This promotes coordinated emergency management planning and response and enables the healthcare delivery system and other response organizations to coordinate efforts before, during, and after emergency events. The coalition also supports education opportunities throughout the region, including both in the classroom setting and through various types of exercises.
Louisiana Capital Area Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
Through partnerships with local, State, and Federal Government response agencies, Louisiana Capital Area Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LACAVOAD) is able to help diminish the immediate and ongoing trauma that occurs in the wake of disaster or catastrophe. LACAVOAD is a strong component of the Disaster cycle (planning and mitigation through long-term recovery) and a fierce advocate for those who need guidance.
North Baton Rouge Industry Task Force
North Baton Rouge Industry Task Force is a collective network that allows emergency responders and industry stakeholders the opportunity to exchange information and opportunities for providing an efficient and effective emergency response. This task force places an emphasized focus on community protection and lessening the impact through education and training.
Region Interoperable Communications Committee
In order to encourage cohesive interoperability within the public safety community, the Region Interoperable Communications Committee reviews Standard Operating Procedures for all agencies to preclude conflicts or non-compliance with current standards.
Baton Rouge Area Mutual Aid System
The Baton Rouge Area Mutual Aid System (B.R.A.M.A.S.) is a joint effort of public safety agencies, industrial facilities, and other private entities providing a cooperative emergency response with shared capabilities and resources. B.R.A.M.A.S. is able to develop, maintain, and improve procedures among the members for mutual assistance and cooperation in the control of emergencies and disasters such as fires, spills, explosions, and releases of toxic substances.