Emergency Preparedness & Resilence

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)

The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) sets the strategic direction for the enhancement of regional response capabilities and capacity. UASI’s mission is to reduce area vulnerability and prevent terrorism and/or weapons of mass destruction incidents. The New Orleans UASI region, comprised of Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, was selected by the federal government as one of 35 areas to receive funding to build collaboration for the improvement of safety and security of residents, visitors and emergency personnel. The region was chosen because of its dense critical infrastructure, including the vast network of shipping ports, petrochemical refineries, manufacturing plants, ecological resources and tourist attractions.

The Regional Planning Commission supports UASI by acting as a liaison, which brings together the public and private sectors to ensure continuity of operations and identify beneficial resources for times of emergency. Such resources may include equipment and/or intellectual capital. The RPC also facilitates information sharing for geo-spatial data development. In addition, RPC works with the chambers of commerce throughout Louisiana with the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisors (PSA), as a redundant measure to ensure the identification of critical infrastructure and key resources throughout the state.

Gulf Coast Alliance

The Gulf Coast Alliance was established in direct response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.  The alliance supports businesses and communities along the Gulf Coast impacted by the oil spill by fostering economic and environmental resilience.  The organization is comprised of about 50 private and public sector organizations, including BP, various federal agencies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations. These organizations share best practices to address the multitude of challenges facing the Gulf Coast, including: the environmental dilemmas posed by the oil spill, hurricane preparedness, and the economic impacts of the deepwater drilling moratorium. The beneficial results of the relationships formed through the Gulf Coast Alliance have caused the participating parties to consider the development of a Gulf Coast Center to respond to the long-term need of businesses and communities impacted by the oil spill incident.

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