BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) State lawmakers have called for an audit of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on its response before and after Hurricane Ida.
The audit found that GOHSEP had not identified who was responsible for staffing and managing distribution points before the hurricane in many parishes, which prevented leaders from identifying staffing needs. fuel for first responders. However, GOHSEP does not have the authority to ensure parishes have all systems in place during emergency operation plans.
Due to the severe power outage after the hurricane, GOHSEP’s backup system also failed. The audit indicates that it was difficult for local leaders to communicate demands to GOHSEP, including their ability to respond to emergencies and request resources.
Another concern the audit shows is that the state’s Hurricane Ida program is moving faster than the federal housing program. Because the program was implemented quickly, GOHSEP did not establish a process to prioritize candidate registrations to ensure that the most affected residents were prioritized.
The audit suggests GOHSEP work with the legislature to address these concerns and more.
The audit has been sent to GOHSEP for comments. Leaders responded that they agreed with the report and said they would work with the legislature to review and consider updating current law to update requirements for operation plans. parish emergency and GOHSEP review process.
To read the full audit, click here.