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Louisiana Emergency Management and
Homeland Security Authorities Summarized
Entities with Key Responsibilities
Governor: In addition to other powers conferred by law, the governor may:
suspend provisions of any statute, order, rule or regulation; use all available
resources; transfer personnel or functions of departments; commandeer private
property; compel evacuation or control movement of population in a stricken or
threatened area; regulate the sale, dispensation, or transportation of alcoholic
beverages, firearms, and combustibles; and make provision for temporary emergency
housing (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 724D). The governor may also order the militia
into active service if needed for homeland security or emergency preparedness
incidents (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 7). The governor may exercise emergency
preparedness powers related to public health emergencies, as specified (La. Rev. Stat.
Title 29, 766).
In addition, the governor may: carry out all precautionary measures against air
raids and other forms of attack; undertake precautionary measures to minimize the
loss of life or property which might result from enemy attacks; and make, amend, or
rescind general or special orders, rules, and regulations as necessary. The statute also
authorizes blackouts and radio silences as directed by the U.S. Army or designated
agency (La. Rev. Stat. Title 53, 41-46).
Adjutant General: The adjutant general serves as the director of the office of
homeland security and emergency preparedness, coordinates activities of emergency
preparedness within the state, and cooperates with emergency preparedness agencies
and organizations of other states and of the federal government (La. Rev. Stat. Title
29, 725). In response to a declared national or state emergency (due to war, a
natural disaster or civil disturbance, or imminent danger), members of the Louisiana
National Guard and military police, as directed by the adjutant general, have all of
the powers and authority of peace officers unless otherwise restricted by executive
orders, proclamations, regulations or orders (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 7.1). The
adjutant general may promulgate public health rules for the National Guard (La. Rev.
Stat. Title 29, 767).
Military Department: The statute designates the department to be the state
homeland security and emergency preparedness agency (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29,
722A(1), see also La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 725A). The department is composed of
the National Guard, the Louisiana State Guard, military police, the Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and other offices created by law
(La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 1(B)).
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Louisiana Emergency Management and Homeland Security Authorities Summarized, report, September 2, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc819739/m1/4/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.