EBR leaders meet at emergency management summit

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish leaders were briefed on emergency management Tuesday afternoon by officials from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

The summit was held at the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) on Harding Boulevard.

Mayors and Metro Council members were in attendance.

The purpose was for everyone to be aware of their responsibilities when a disaster hits.

Officials said thinking ahead has only become more important in light of the recent tornadoes and the August flood.

"Preparation is the key, obviously," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "As much as you can do on the front end to prepare for a disaster is key, so we stress that."

Officials also announced that GOHSEP will be receiving a $5 million grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The money will be distributed to all parishes based on population.

The state receives this grant every year.

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