EXECUTIVE ORDER
BJ 08-45

Establishment of Unified Command Group and Subcommittees


WHEREAS, Louisiana Revised Statute 29:725.6 (Act No. 797 of the 2008 Regular Session) dictates that the Unified Command Group (UCG) shall be established and composed of members established by Executive Order;

WHEREAS, the statute further requires that three (3) permanent subcommittees be established by the UCG, namely:

1. An Interoperability Subcommittee;

2. A First Responders Subcommittee; and

3. A Regional Parish OEP Parish Directors Subcommittee.

NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Unified Command Group (UCG) is hereby established by this Executive Order and shall be composed of fifteen (15) members:

A. The secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, or the secretary’s designee;

B. The superintendent of State Police, or the superintendent’s designee;

C. The adjutant general, or the general’s designee;

D. The commissioner of the Department of Agriculture & Forestry, or the commissioner’s designee;

E. The secretary of the Department of Social Services, or the secretary’s designee;

F. The secretary of the Department of Public Safety, or the secretary’s designee;

G. The commissioner of the Division of Administration, or the commissioner’s designee;

H. The secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, or the secretary’s designee;

I. The secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, or the secretary’s designee;

J. The secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, or the secretary’s designee;

K. The secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, or the secretary’s designee;

L. The attorney general, or the general’s designee;

M. The secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, or the secretary’s designee;

N. The executive secretary of the Public Service Commission, or the secretary’s designee; and

O. The coordinator of the Governor’s Office of Oil Spill, or the coordinator’s designee.

SECTION 2: There shall be three (3) permanent subcommittees of the UCG as required by R.S. 29:725.6, namely:

A. The Interoperability Subcommittee;

B. The First Responders Subcommittee; and

C. The Regional Parish OEP Parish Directors Subcommittee, whose members shall consist of those agency and department heads enumerated in R.S. 29:725.6.

SECTION 3: Additionally, UCG may establish such other subcommittees as it deems advisable and feasible under the authority granted in R.S. 29:725.6.

SECTION 4 : All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Council in implementing the provision of this Order.

SECTION 5 : This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of August, 2008.

Bobby Jindal
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State