Caddo Parish is subject to the effects of many disasters that cover a wide spectrum of types and magnitudes. Disaster conditions can result from natural phenomena (tornados, floods, winter storms, droughts, fires, etc.) or manmade and technological incidents occurring from transportation of hazardous materials, train derailments, aircraft disasters, building collapses, terrorist incidents, etc.
The mission of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is to lead and support the citizens of Caddo Parish in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.
Emergency Operations Plan
An emergency develops because of a situation’s impact upon individuals. Under the Louisiana Disaster Act of 1993 and the Robert T. Stafford Act, each jurisdiction must continually update the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The focus of the plan is for the welfare of all citizens in Caddo Parish. This plan defines actions necessary to provide the best possible programs to protect life and property. It also provides positive actions to deal with the adverse affects of a disaster. The Caddo Parish EOP is submitted to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) every two years for review to ensure compliance with state and federal CPG101 guidelines.
Comprehensive Emergency Management
The EOP is an all-inclusive plan concerned with all types of hazards that Caddo Parish may face. OHSEP employs Comprehensive Emergency Management (CEM), a planning system of four phases: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. CEM is a cyclical process with all four steps working in harmony. No single step can function fully without the other three.
MITIGATION is defined as activities that eliminate or reduce the impact of a disaster. Some examples are building codes, flood plain management, insurance, building elevations, designation or shelters, etc.
PREPAREDNESS is defined as activities that develop response capabilities and determine resource needs in case an emergency occurs. Planning, exercises, training, public education, and warning systems are examples of preparedness actions.
RESPONSE is defined as activities taken during a disaster to reduce casualties and damages and bring on the final phase - Recovery. Some examples of these activities are evacuation, search and rescue, triage and treatment, and restoration of utilities.
RECOVERY is defined as the process of returning the community to normalcy. It is both a short-term and long-term process. Short-term operations restore vital services such as water, electricity, and gas. Long-term recovery focuses on restoring the area to its pre-event status or improving upon that status. Temporary housing, restoration of governmental services, reconstruction of damaged property are recovery issues.
Sheriff Steve Prator
Robert Jump, LEM-P
Field Operations Manager
Homeland Security Manager
Links for Citizens
Links for First Responders and Parish/City Officials
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association: www.lepa.org
State Office: http://gohsep.la.gov
National Weather Service Shreveport: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/shv/
All Nursing Facilities are required by DHH to submit copies of their Emergency Preparedness Plan to their Parish OHSEP for review annually. Contact Lisa Carmack at (318) 675-2255 or email@example.com for assistance for Home Health and Nursing Home facilities in Caddo Parish.