WHEREAS, cooperation among federal, state, and local governments and the effective integration of available resources are essential for domestic preparedness;
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States of America, through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Justice Programs, in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Domestic Preparedness Office, is providing financial assistance directly to states through Public Law 105-277, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State; the Judiciary; and related Agencies Appropriations Acts of 1999; and the Conference Report (H. Rpt. 105-825, p. 988) accompanying the Department of Justice?s Fiscal Year Program, in order to ensure that local and state first responders are properly equipped and prepared to respond to incidents of domestic terrorism involving chemical and biological agents, as well as radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices;
WHEREAS, under the auspices of the State Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program, it is the responsibility of states to develop a statewide domestic preparedness strategy; to perform needs assessments to determine specific needs for equipment, first responder training, state and local response capabilities, and other assets involved in a WMD response; to coordinate resources; and to allocate designated federal funds to local and state emergency services providers; and
WHEREAS, it is desirable and prudent to establish an advisory committee which has technical expertise in the field of domestic preparedness in order to administer, recommend, and coordinate relative to public safety matters;
NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., 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 Louisiana Domestic Terrorism Advisory Committee (hereafter "Committee") is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Committee shall include, but are not limited to, the following:SECTION 3: On or before March 29, 2002, the Committee shall submit a detailed report to the governor which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order.
SECTION 4: The Committee shall be composed of a maximum of fifteen (15) members who, unless otherwise specified, shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor. The membership of the Committee shall be selected as follows:SECTION 5: The Committee shall be co-chaired by the deputy secretary of the Department of Public Safety and the director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, or their designees. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by the membership of the Committee.
SECTION 6: The Committee shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Committee shall be provided by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Office of Emergency of Preparedness, Military Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 8:SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Committee in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: 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 21st day of September, 2001.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State