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The Provisions Project/Fall Severe Weather

Show Notes: The Provisions Project is working to help the faith-based community and civic groups take on responsibilities after a disaster. Find out more and how you can possibly help. Plus, as hurricane season winds down, we face new weather threats during the fall and winter months. Our experts tell us what to prepare for this time of year.


Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Show Notes: On this episode of The Get a Game Plan Podcast, it’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Louisiana. Governor Edwards recently signed a proclamation designating October as Cybersecurity Month. We will speak to a member of the state cybersecurity commission about what this means and why it’s important for the state moving forward. Also, Catholic Charities will join us to discuss operations before, during and after an emergency. There is also new assistance available for certain...


National Preparedness Month/Israeli Emergency Management Delegation Visits La.

Show Notes: On this episode of The Get a Game Plan Podcast we will speak with Dov Maisel, Vice President of Operations for Israel’s United Rescue. He will talk about some of the unique challenges emergency managers face in Israel and the rescue work his organization has taken part in around the world. We will also hear from the Salvation Army on donation management after a disaster. A solid donation strategy is key to being more efficient, starting with the initial recovery process....


The Heart of Hurricane Season

Show Notes: We will take a look at what has been, up to this point, a very slow Atlantic Hurricane season. But as anyone along the Gulf Coast will tell you, things can change quickly! On this episode, we visit with Frank Revitte with the National Weather Service to discuss some of the factors involved in our season so far. Laura Mellem with the ‘NOLA Ready’ program out of New Orleans also joins us on this episode to talk preparedness.


Beat the Heat/Meet GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom

Show Notes: Summer is here! We are already dealing with scorching temperatures in Louisiana and across the country. Dr. Parham Jaberi from the Louisiana Department of Health will have heat safety information plus tell us about a new campaign called "Look Before You Lock" to prevent children from being left in hot cars. We will also introduce you to GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. Director Waskom was appointed in 2016 and has already led the state response to several emergencies. Find out how his...


Pet Evacuation Plans/Preparedness Info for the River Parish Region

Show Notes: Pets are a part of the family for many people. What emergency steps should you take to care for your pets during an evacuation? Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain will have information on protecting your pets and livestock. Also, we will speak with St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Director Joe Ganote. St. Charles recently hosted several events to gear up for hurricane season. We’ll tell you what’s happening in the River Parishes.


National Sheltering and Housing Workshop

Show Notes: The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recently hosted the 2018 National Shelter and Housing Workshop in New Orleans. Several recent emergency and disaster events have highlighted the need for states to examine immediate sheltering options and to develop long term housing solutions for their populations. Louisiana is among the states that have recently been hit by natural disasters and is currently recovering from the devastating impacts...


A new approach to emergency management at McNeese/Generator plan for Lincoln Parish

Show Notes: McNeese State University is taking a unique approach to emergency preparedness. We will speak with McNeese Police Chief Robert Spinks about some of the things his office is doing to keep students and faculty safe. Plus- maintaining power at critical facilities can be a challenge when an emergency strikes. We will speak with Lincoln Parish officials about the use of emergency grant money to implement a generator plan at these important sites.


FEMA Jobs/Legal Steps Before an Emergency

Show Notes: FEMA is hiring! There are a number of career opportunities within the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Find out more about these jobs and steps you can take to begin a new career. Many people in Louisiana have an emergency game plan for supplies and evacuations. What about an emergency legal game plan? We speak with the experts about the legal steps you should take before an emergency to help protect you, your family, your home and your job.


Emergency Resources for Travelers/Business Emergency Operations Center

Show notes: On this episode, La. DOTD officials explain what resources are available to help travelers before, during, and after an emergency. We also feature information on Louisiana's Business Emergency Operations Center. This first of its kind plan is now the model many other states follow to link the private sector.


The National Weather Service and Emergency Housing

Show notes: On episode 2 of The Get A Game Plan Podcast, we speak to the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Deputy Director Will Rachal about the lessons learned concerning the Shelter at Home program following the August 2016 flood. The foundation for this temporary housing program is now at the center of other recovery efforts in areas impacted by the 2017 hurricanes. We also speak with Meteorologist in Charge Ken Graham from the National Weather...


Volunteers and Emergency Preparedness

Show notes: The premiere episode of The Get A Game Plan Podcast is now available from the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Episodes will be available on the second Monday of each month. Host Mike Steele speaks with Aaron Miller, the Orleans Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness about his office’s use of social media and other technology used to keep the public informed. We then speak with GOHSEP Senior Project...