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Aug 8, 2014 2:44 PM by KATC

GOHSEP sending two workers to Hawaii to assist with tropical weather

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is sending a two-person team of emergency professionals to Hawaii to help deal with two tropical systems threatening the state.

Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii Thursday night. Hurricane Julio appears to be following a mostly similar course towards the state.

The two GOHSEP employees will join emergency workers from several other states to assist with operations and recovery on a 14-day mission.

They will be deployed as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. EMAC is a formal agreement between states to provide assistance during a disaster.

It was established in 1996 to allow states that are not in a declared disaster area to aid states in need.

The team will work in Hawaii's Emergency Operations Center and help process all EMAC requests, generate situational reports, maintain deployment schedules for employees providing assistance and collect and maintain personnel and cost tracking information. There will likely be more requests for additional resources from Hawaii through the EMAC system.

You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org. The Get a Game Plan App is also available for download to your smart phones or tablets. 

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