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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Mayor Broome Activates All Hazards Recovery Task Force

Due to the continuously evolving nature of the COVID-19, Coronavirus, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is activating the East Baton Rouge Parish All Hazards Recovery Task Force. The Task Force, separated into six recovery support function areas, is a trained group of local stakeholders and partners that will use the All-Hazards Disaster Recovery Framework unveiled in 2019 to respond to all hazards, including pandemics such as COVID-19.

Mayor-President Broome will convene local stakeholders and organizations as early as Monday, to address critical areas that will be impacted during this state of emergency, such as:

  • Health and social services
  • Economic impact
  • Community planning
  • Natural and cultural resources

“I will continue leaning forward for our community’s preparedness,” said Mayor-President Broome. “Activating this Task Force builds solutions to any potential impacts resulting from recent announcements like school closures, social services and emergency needs that will require ongoing preparedness for short-term, intermediate and long-term planning.”

The All Hazards Recovery Task Force currently consists of the following on-going partners:

Baton Rouge Fire Department; East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission (BREC); Baton Rouge Food Bank and Louisiana Capital Area Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (LCAVOAD); Capital Area United Way; East Baton Rouge Council Administrator; East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Buildings and Grounds; East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office; East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP); East Baton Rouge Parish School System; East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office; Build Baton Rouge; Baton Rouge Airport; Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Baton Rouge Area Mutual Aid System; Baton Rouge Police Department; Capital Area Human Services District; Capital Area Planning Commission; Capital Area Transit System; Center for Planning Excellence; City of Baton Rouge Information Services; City of Baton Rouge Parish Attorney’s Office; City of Baton Rouge Purchasing Department; City of Baker; City of Central; City of Zachary; Department of Children and Family Services; East Baton Rouge Parish Communications District; East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Environmental Services; East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Maintenance; East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Transportation and Drainage; East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority; East Baton Rouge Parish Library; East Baton Rouge Planning Commission; Exxon Mobil Pipeline; Exxon Mobil; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Growth Coalition; Healthy BR; Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition; Mid City Redevelopment Alliance; North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Taskforce; Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Louisiana Housing Corporation; Louisiana Department of Health; Louisiana Office of Public Health; Office of Behavioral Health; Office of Community Development; Restore LA; St. Vincent de Paul Charities; St. George Fire Department; Volunteer Louisiana.

Other Actions taken by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

  • March 12, 2020 - postponed permitted events in East Baton Rouge Parish until further notice.
  • March 12, 2020 – signed executive order declaring public health emergency in East Baton Rouge Parish and directing the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to coordinate the City-Parish’s response.
  • March 13, 2020 – signed an Administrative Regulation Leave Policy specific to COVID-19, providing for telework and other arrangements for City-Parish personnel.
  • March 13, 2020 - signed an executive order aligned with the Public Service Commission to ensure no public utilities are disconnected in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • March 13, 2020 – signed executive order restricting all City-Parish related travel until further notice.
  • Income-eligible residents can receive rent and mortgage assistance from the Office of Social Services.
  • Asking landlords to demonstrate compassion during this season as it relates to potential evictions.

For more information on preventive measures you can personally take, go to our website at brla.gov/coronavirus

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