Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness - State of LouisianaSince 1990, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emgergency Preparedness has coordinated several hundred State Disaster Declarations authorized under the Governor's signature. The GOHSEP staff is poised and ready to serve the people of Louisiana at a moment’s notice.
Communications
Communications and Emergency Management are synonymous. Each emergency scenario has its own unique requirements. This means that our Agency; entrusted with the responsibility to protect the citizens of Louisiana during times of need, must remain flexible. We strive to seek out and deploy the latest tools and technologies that provide for efficient, cost effective, multiple layers of reliable communications.

Our needs reach throughout the state and beyond. We must be able to pass critical information to all of the Parishes, State Agencies and other Partner organizations located withinRadio Tower Louisiana as well as communicate with the surrounding States, and Federal agencies. We do this in many ways. The traditional methods such as telephone, fax and basic radio have been very instrumental, but we can't stop there.

Radio
Communications is usually the key element as well as the most difficult element to insure during disasters. Continuing to communicate is a constant goal of this Agency. Louisiana has a 700MHz/800MHz trunked radio system in place and it has performed well. The system has statewide coverage utilizing a repeater network maintained by the Louisiana State Police. Satellite and Wireless
Satellite communications has in the past been expensive. Today with the advances in technology, we are able to move into these areas as well. We have a satellite communications system in place, with access from all Parishes. This office also utilizes satellite information feeds from the Data Transmission Network(DTN). Weather and satellite television that supplements more traditional wired feeds. These are the large systems, but cellular and wireless technology as a whole is increasingly more applicable and critical to our operations.

Amateur Radio
An important element in contingency planning is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) organization. These are volunteer amateur radio operators who are dedicated to providing emergency communications to Louisiana in times of extraordinary need.

Louisiana Wireless Information Network (LWIN)
Communications interoperability refers to the ability of emergency service agencies to communicate across disciplines and jurisdictions via wireless networks to exchange real time voice, data and imagery information. At the most basic level, interoperability allows two or more parties to exchange information directly. read more...

Other
Secure FAX and Video, non-secure video and telephone conferencing are all tools currently utilized for providing and receiving critical information to our partners, decision makers and those that we support.
Another important tool are hotlines to the three nuclear plants that effect Louisiana.
National Warning System (NAWAS) Facts
Louisiana Statewide Interoperability
Public Notification/Alert & Warning

Related Information
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
FEMA
Parish Emergency Preparedness Office Phone Numbers
Civil Air Patrol
Repeater World HQ