GOHSEP director speaks to Press Club of Baton Rouge

POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:04pm

The tropics are quiet now, but that can change quickly.

The Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness talked about the need to be prepared in case of any emergency, not just a hurricane.

Kevin Davis addressed the Press Club of Baton Rouge today.

He said his office is coordinating the "whole community approach" for disaster preparedness, where the private and non-profit sectors work together to help rebuild a community after disaster strikes.

"It's going to be really focused on the locals and their response and them working with neighboring parishes and other assets so that we can mobilize those quickly to an event," says Davis.

Davis says there are ten parishes in south Louisiana who have partnered with other parishes in case of evacuation; they've been called "host parishes".

Baton Rouge has a point-to-point agreement with several coastal communities but isn't officially a host parish due to Baton Rouge already being a staging location for first responders and their equipment.

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