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no longer exist. A state of emergency may not continue for longer than 30 days
unless extended by the parish president. A state of emergency or disaster may be
terminated by the governor, by a petition signed by a majority of the surviving
members of either of the state legislature, or a majority of the surviving members of
the local governing authority. When a disaster or emergency exceeds the capabilities
of local government, the local official must request assistance from the state office
of emergency preparedness or the local office. A declaration of a local emergency
activates the local response and recovery program (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 737D,E).
Information on protective actions to be taken during a state of public health
emergency must be distributed by the Department of Health and Hospitals (La. Rev.
Stat. Title 29, 770).
Types of Assistance
The statute authorizes the Department of Public Welfare, or other entity
designated by the governor, to cooperate with the federal government in providing
assistance to any person who needs such aid due to restrictive action of the federal
government, the evacuation of civilians, sabotage, civil defense measures or enemy
action. The Department or designated entity may establish rules and regulations to
take any action necessary and desirable, to grant monetary assistance, to make
investigations, and to render all other necessary or desirable services. The designated
entities are authorized to accept any federal grant of assistance, under specified
conditions (La. Rev. Stat. Title 53, 101-103).
A state or any political subdivision may accept any offer of equipment, supplies,
materials or funds made by the federal government for war-time or defense activities
(La. Rev. Stat. Title 53, 2).
The statute limits the pricing of goods and services within an emergency area
to protect the parish from price gouging (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 732, 734).
The Interstate Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Compact is codified (La.
Rev. Stat. Title 29, 733).
The Southern Regional Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Management Assistance Compact is codified (La. Rev. Stat. Title 29, 751).
In an emergency or a special event a political subdivision may furnish police
manpower and equipment upon the request of another police department or sheriff's
office (La. Rev. Stat. Title 33, 2337).
Political subdivisions, state agencies and organizations created jointly by
Louisiana and another state, acting either singly or jointly, may by a majority vote of
its governing body acquire, and maintain any property necessary to the performance
of any agreement with the federal government in connection with the war and defense
program. Such entities may accept from the federal government or other sources
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