EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 96 - 27

Emergency Operations Center


WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana may be subjected to different types of emergencies and disasters of varying magnitudes;

WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana must be prepared to respond and effectively react to all the emergencies and disasters thrust upon it;

WHEREAS: effective planning will mitigate the effects that emergencies and disasters will have on the citizens of the State of Louisiana;

WHEREAS: effective planning includes coordinating plans for emergency operations between all departments and agencies of the state; and

WHEREAS: this coordinated effort can best be achieved through the Louisiana Military Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Military Department (hereafter "Director"), shall have the authority to activate and deactivate the State Emergency Operations Center, and to exercise overall direction and control of emergency and disaster operations for the State of Louisiana.

SECTION 2: A decision by the director, to activate the State Emergency Operating Center, shall constitute implementation of the Louisiana Emergency Operation Plan (hereafter "Plan").

SECTION 3: The plan shall prescribe rules, regulations, and procedures for operations which may be implemented should an emergency or disaster strike the State of Louisiana or an area within the state.

SECTION 4: The plan shall be binding on all local governments or political subdivisions of the state authorized or directed to conduct emergency management operations, and on all departments and agencies of the State of Louisiana.

SECTION 5: The director, or the director's designee, shall coordinate the activities of all organizations involved in emergency management in the State of Louisiana and shall perform all other duties as provided for in this order.

SECTION 6: The primary and the support responsibilities for the emergency services of the various agencies, departments, offices, entities, or organizations, are as follows:




                                                                      DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                         AGENCY                                  SUPPORT

     A              Communication  Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        P

                    and Warning         Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreationand Tourism    S

                                                  Governor - Division of Administration                  S

                                                  Office of State Police                                           S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

 

                                                                     DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     B              Damage                   Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        P

                    Assessment          Louisiana National Guard                                      S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism               S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality                    S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Governor - Oil Spill Coordinator                            S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Labor                                              S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

                                                  US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

                                                                    DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY\

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     C              Donated Goods  Volunteer Organizations                                     P

                                                  Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        S

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

 

                                                                     DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     D              Emergency           Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        S

                    Direction and       Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                    Control                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality/LRPD        S

                                                  Governor - Division of Administration                  S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Governor - Oil Spill Coordinator                            S

                                                  Governor - Office of Business Advocacy            S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Justice                                            S

                                                  Department of Labor                                              S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

                                                  US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

 

                                                                     DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     E              Energy                   Department of Natural Resources                             P

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

  

                                                                    DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     F              Engineering and     Department of Transportation and Development P

                    Traffic                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                    Management          Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                    Services                 US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

   

                                                                   DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     G              Fire Fighting       Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 P

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

       

                                                               DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     H              HAZMAT              State Police                                                          P

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality                    S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

          

                                                            DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     I              Information         Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        P

                    Management          Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality/LRPD        S

                                                  Governor - Division of Administration                  S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Governor - Oil Spill Coordinator                            S

                                                  Governor - Office of Business Advocacy            S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Justice                                            S

                                                  Department of Labor                                              S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

                                                  US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

          

                                                            DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     J              Law                      Office of State Police                                           P

                    Enforcement         Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                    and Security        Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

          

                                                            DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     K              Legal Issues        Department of Justice                                            P

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Governor - Division of Administration                  S

          

                                                            DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     L              Mass Feeding        Department of Corrections                                        P

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality                    S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

           

                                                           DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     M              Medical and         Department of Health and Hospitals                     P

                    Sanitation               Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality                    S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     N              Oil Spill                Governor-Oil Spill Coordinator                              P

                                                  Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        S

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality                    S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     O              Public                   Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        P

                    Information         Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Department of Environmental Quality/LRPD        S

                                                  Governor - Division of Administration                  S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Governor - Oil Spill Coordinator                            S

                                                  Governor - Office of Business Advocacy            S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Justice                                            S

                                                  Department of Labor                                              S

                                                  Department Natural Resources                           S

                                                  Department of Social Services                               S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

                                                  US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     P              Radiological        Department of Environmental Quality/LRPD          P

                                                  Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        S

                                                  Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  State Police                                                          S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     Q              Search and               Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   P

                    Rescue                   Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Office of State Police                                           S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     R              Shelter                  Department of Social Services                               P

                    Operations               Department of Corrections                                        S

                    Control                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism     S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Department of Health and Hospitals                     S

                                                  Volunteer Organizations                                     S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     S              Traffic Control/    Office of State Police                                           P

                    Evacuation               Louisiana National Guard                                    S

                                                  Department of Agriculture and Forestry                 S

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism    S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     T              Transportation      Louisiana National Guard                                    P

                                                  Department of Corrections                                        S

                                                  Department of Economic Development                   S

                                                  Department of Education                                     S

                                                  Governor - Office of Elderly Affairs                        S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries                   S

                                                  US Coast Guard                                                   S

            

                                                          DEPARTMENT/                        PRIMARY/

ANNEX          ASSIGNMENT                              AGENCY                             SUPPORT

     U              Watershed           Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness        P

                    Protection               Natural Resources                                                S

                                                  Department of Natural Resources                             S

                                                  Department of Transportation and Development    S

                                                  US Army Corps of Engineers                                  S

                                                  US Department of Agriculture - SCS                S

SECTION 7: Each of the foregoing departments, agencies, offices, entities, or organizations shall appoint an Emergency Coordinator and an alternate coordinator to act on their behalf during an emergency situation. Their names and phone numbers shall be furnished to the director.

SECTION 8: Each department assigned a primary responsibility shall submit implementing procedures to the director which shall set forth procedures for carrying out their assigned emergency functions. Each department shall maintain the procedures and keep them current.

SECTION 9: Each department assigned emergency support responsibilities shall assist their primary department in the preparation of procedures and any other documents necessary to support the plan.

SECTION 10: Each department assigned a primary or a support responsibility for an emergency service shall:

  • a. staff the State Emergency Operations Center with the personnel during training exercises and emergencies as requested by the director;

  • b. maintain and operate a 24-hour response capability in the department headquarters when the plan is implemented;

  • c. participate in exercises of the plan when scheduled by the director;

  • d. participate in and conduct training essential to implementation of their assigned emergency service;

  • e. conduct an annual review to update the details of their implementing procedures and advise the director of needed modifications for their implementing procedures; and

  • f. maintain logs, records and reporting system required by all state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • SECTION 11: All other departments and agencies not assigned a primary or supporting role in emergency services shall carry out whatever duties or services specified or directed by the Governor.

    SECTION 12: All support plans prepared by local governments and by heads of state departments and agencies shall conform to the provisions of this Order.

    SECTION 13: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, and any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in implementing the provisions of this Order.

    SECTION 14: The provisions of this Order are effective upon signature and shall remain 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 the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 28th day of August, 1996.

    M.J. "Mike"Foster
    Governor

    ATTEST BY
    THE GOVERNOR
    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State