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The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) was created by an act of the Louisiana Legislature - Louisiana Revised Statute (LRS) Title 29:725, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act (Louisiana Disaster Act). We are the agency responsible for coordinating the State's efforts throughout the emergency management cycle to prepare for, prevent where possible, respond to, recover from and mitigate against to lessen the effects of man-made or natural disasters that threaten our State.

The Director of GOHSEP is appointed by the Governor as the Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) and acts on behalf of the Governor in the event of an emergency or disaster.

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Louisiana's Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) - a state-of-the-art command and control center - is operated within and staffed by GOHSEP. The State's response during an emergency or disaster is managed through the SEOC. When activated, the SEOC serves as a central operations center for emergency response.

Contact GOHSEP:
Main Phone: (225) 925-7500
Fax: (225) 925-7501
7667 Independence Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Normal office hours are from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays.

Many inquiries may be better served by first contacting your Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director. Parish OHSEP contact numbers are available on our website just click here.

State Employees

State employees with questions regarding their workplace's status prior to or following an emergency situation can be directed here, should their individual agency be out of contact.


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