On Nov 15, 2019, a meeting was held with Mr. Darryl Delate, Region 1 Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and Mr. Melton J. Gaspard Jr., Assistant Section Chief- Operations Governor’s Office of Homeland, Security and Preparedness (GOHSEP) to learn about GOHSEP’s role as the lead state agency for supporting local response to the consequences of terrorist attacks and, if possible, tour the State Emergency Operations Center, a state-of-the-art command and control center where disaster planning, response and mitigation for critical incidents are coordinated and managed.
The Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LHLS & EP); formally the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP), was created by the Civil Act of 1950 and is under the Louisana Military Department. In 1976, LHLS & EP via the Louisiana government reorganization, was moved to the Department of Public safety (DPS). In 1990, LHLS & EP was transferred again to the Military Department. In 2003, the Agency name was changed to the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, reflecting the additional responsibilities the the State and her citizens.
The meeting was then continued by Mr. Steven McGovern, Director & Mr. Daryl Davis, Deputy Director, Cyber Unit, Louisiana State and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) to learn on how LA-SAFE collaborates with government and private sector entities to identify malicious cyber actors.