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Louisiana deploys ambulance teams to Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Courtesy Mike Steele, GOHSEP
Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 16:16:09-04

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is coordianting support for states expected to be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

A convoy of ambulances was sent to Florida as the state prepares for a potential hit by Hurricane Dorian.

Seven ambulance teams with a total of 35 units and 80 personnel arrived in Florida on Saturday.

"This is one of several requests Louisiana offered to fill to help Florida deal with this emergency," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom.

"We will also continue to look for ways to assist other states that may see an impact from this major hurricane. Gov. Edwards has made it clear that we should always look for ways to assist our state partners in the same way they assist us in times of need. Many states look for Louisiana's support due to our experience and knowledge in dealing with emergencies."

GOHSEP features an established state-to-state assistance program used to coordinate support. The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) offers assistance when a governor has declared a state of emergency or disaster. The compact uses a responsive, straightfoward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.

EMAC also establishes a firm legal foundation for sharing resources between states.

We are now at the peak of hurricane season, and GOHSEP reminds everyone to check their supplies and review their game plan.

Click here for more information on preparing for a potential storm.

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