POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 4:55pm
Baton Rouge, La — The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will join federal, state and local public safety agencies to support the City of New Orleans as it plays host to the Super Bowl on February 3.
GOHSEP will activate its Crisis Action Team on January 30 to monitor public safety issues, coordinate assistance and resources being provided to the area, and respond to requests from the City of New Orleans and other affected local governments, should the need for additional state support arise. GOHSEP and its partner agencies stand ready to assist the City of New Orleans should an emergency occur.
GOHSEP will deploy its Mobile Command Unit to New Orleans to serve as a command post and provide communications support. GOHSEP will also provide a cache of 100 radios to be used on designated local channels.
GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team will have representatives operating out of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Emergency Operations Center beginning on January 30 and running until February 4, or as long as is needed. GOHSEP has also been designated as the State Coordinating Agency in the event of a large-scale emergency related to the event. GOHSEP will also provide public information support to local public safety agencies.
GOHSEP has worked with local, state and federal partners since last Spring to coordinate and develop the State’s Super Bowl plan, including hosting and participating in a series of tabletop exercises to support planning for the event. Specifically, GOHSEP sponsored a series of communication exercises to assist the City of New Orleans as it developed its tactical communications plan.
GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis said, “We expect more than a million people to be in and around downtown New Orleans over the days surrounding the Super Bowl. After months of preparation, planning and practice, we know the City is ready to host this large gathering. While the world is fixated on the football game, we will join our federal, state and local partners in focusing on keeping the public safe.”
Davis added, “We encourage the public to join our team in keeping the City safe for its residents and visitors by reporting any suspicious activities to the proper authorities. These types of activities could include people leaving unattended baggage or packages in the airport or at a public gathering or someone attempting to break into a restricted area. While you are visiting New Orleans, if you see something suspicious, say something. The public is a critical part of the public safety game plan for the Super Bowl.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “GOHSEP and the Louisiana State Police have been excellent partners as we prepare for Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.”