Full Title Name:  State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan

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Country of Origin:  United States Citation:  State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan Last Checked:  February, 2017 Date Adopted:  2009 Last Date Amended:  2014
Summary:

Louisiana's Emergency Operations Plan addresses pets and service animals in several places. The parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness must make an EOP that includes "temporary sheltering of service animals and household pets in times of emergency or disaster." Addtionally, under Emergency Support Function (ESF) #6, the "Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) will provide for the safety and well-being of household pets and service animals during evacuations and sheltering." Finally, under ESF #11, the plan "outlines how LDAF will initiate a state response to an emergency or disaster affecting agriculture, food, household pets . . ." and indicates that "the LDAF Emergency Programs Director will work with animal planning authorities in each parish to arrange for the humane evacuation, transport, and temporary sheltering of service animals and household pets that need assistance."

Documents:  PDF icon Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan.pdf (5.99 MB)

Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) http://gohsep.la.gov/

Link to Chapter 6. The Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act.


IV. Organization and Assignment of Responsibilities

B. Responsibilities

2. Parish

c) Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

The parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness shall prepare and maintain an all hazards emergency operations plan (EOP) and keep it current. The EOP must include planning for the humane evacuation, transport, and temporary sheltering of service animals and household pets in times of emergency or disaster. In preparing and revising the plan, the parish office of homeland security and emergency preparedness should embrace the “Whole Community” concept and seek the advice and assistance of government, business, labor, industry, agriculture, civic, and volunteer organizations.

(page 29 of the plan)

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTION 6

MASS CARE, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE, HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES ANNEX

II. SCOPE

C. PETS:

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) will provide for the safety and well-being of household pets and service animals during evacuations and sheltering. DCFS will provide support to LDAF by sharing information regarding the ability of shelters to accommodate pets, as well as, including information about pets and owners in the evacuee tracking system for the reunification of evacuees and pets after the disaster.

 

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTION 11

AGRICULTURE ANNEX

I. PURPOSE

This Annex outlines how LDAF will initiate a state response to an emergency or disaster affecting agriculture, food, household pets, nutritional assistance, or emergency fuel supply when local resources have been exhausted and a request for assistance has been made from a parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

B. PREPAREDNESS:

4. LDAF Emergency Programs Director will assist animal planning authorities in each parish in developing plans for evacuation, transportation, and sheltering of service animals and household pets.

C. RESPONSE:

4. When mass evacuations occur, the LDAF Emergency Programs Director will work with animal planning authorities in each parish to arrange for the humane evacuation, transport, and temporary sheltering of service animals and household pets that need assistance.

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