Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council—Rescinds KBB 2004-36 and KBB 2005-01
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. KBB 2004-36, issued August 20, 2004, created the Homeland Security Advisory Council and Executive Order No. KBB 2005-01, issued January 4, 2005, expanded its membership;
WHEREAS, in an effort to broaden the scope of homeland security efforts in Louisiana, it is necessary to rescind the aforementioned Executive Orders and to establish a reconstituted and strengthened Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council;
WHEREAS, Louisiana is the gateway to the nation’s heartland, the home of critically important marine, rail and air transportation infrastructure and national energy assets; its geographic location renders it extremely vulnerable to loss of life and property from severe weather events and a focus for national security;
WHEREAS, the ability to protect the citizens of the state of Louisiana from all hazards of emergencies and disasters, depends, in part, upon the adequacy of state and local community emergency preparedness and response capabilities, training, exercises, and equipment; and
WHEREAS, in order to achieve effective and efficient emergency preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities and capacities for all hazards of emergencies and disasters and to protect the security of the homeland, the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana would be served by creating an advisory council to coordinate Louisiana’s efforts in these critical areas;
NOW THEREFORE I, KATHLEEN BABINEAUX BLANCO, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Homeland Security Advisory Council is hereby reconstituted as the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (hereafter “Council”) to be organized within the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Council shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Enhancing the homeland security and emergency preparedness programs of the state of Louisiana by linking state and local government efforts, and leveraging education, industry, and private sector initiatives;
B. Recommending policy and endorsing initiatives within all fields of expertise related to homeland security and emergency preparedness;
C. Identifying homeland security and emergency preparedness grants, and recommending updates and improvements to the state’s emergency preparedness and homeland security strategy consistent with national and state policy and technological advances and innovations;D. Providing a process for analyzing the state’s assets and responding to opportunities;
E. Supporting national homeland security, emergency preparedness and defense objectives; and
F. Notifying and informing the governor, the state legislature and Louisiana's congressional delegation on all hazard initiatives requiring congressional action.
SECTION 3: On or before December 1, 2008, and each December 1 thereafter, the Council shall submit a written report to the governor, the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the duties set forth in Section 2 above.
SECTION 4: The Council shall be composed of the following ten (10) members:
A. Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or the director's designee;
B. Adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, or the adjutant general's designee;
C. Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Homeland Security, or the chair's designee;
D. Chair of the House Special Committeeon Louisiana Homeland Security, or the chair's designee;
E. Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, or the secretary's designee;
F. Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, or the superintendent's designee;
G. Secretary of the Department of Social Services, or the secretary's designee;
H. Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, or the secretary's designee;
I. Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, or the secretary's designee;
J. Attorney general of Louisiana, or the attorney general's designee;
SECTION 5: The director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness or the director’s designee shall serve as chair of the Council.
SECTION 6: The Council shall also be composed of subcommittees that will report to and be governed by the Council. Council members shall serve as ex-officio members of each subcommittee. The duties of the subcommittees shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Providing advice on various fields of subject matter expertise, consistent with the direction of the Council; and
B. Making recommendations on homeland security and all hazards emergency preparedness challenges, threats and opportunities that effect Louisiana.
SECTION 7: The Council shall meet not later that June 30, 2007, and thereafter at regularly scheduled intervals, and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 8: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Council shall be provided by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
SECTION 9: A. Council members shall not receive additional compensation or a per diem from the Office of the Governor for serving on the Council.
B. Council members who are employees or elected public officials of the state of Louisiana or a political subdivision thereof may seek reimbursement of travel expenses from their agency or department in accordance with PPM 49.
C. Council members who are also members of the Louisiana Legislature may seek a per diem from the Senate or House of Representatives, as appropriate, for their attendance.
SECTION 10: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Council in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 11: Executive Order No. KBB 2004-36 issued August 20, 2004, and Executive Order No. KBB 2005-01, issued January 4, 2005, are hereby terminated and rescinded.
SECTION 12: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 31st day of May, 2007.
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Secretary of State