Emergency Preparedness

November 27, 2023
LDH was successful in completing 91.1% of its 45 goals and 92.5% of its 253 deliverables outlined in the FY 2023 LDH business plan titled "Invest: Teaming Up for a Stronger LDH and a Healthier Louisiana."
August 14, 2023
"This summer, the National Weather Service has issued a record number of excessive heat warnings for Louisiana," said Gov. Edwards. "The Louisiana Department of Health reports that the state has already exceeded the average number of annual heat-related emergency room visits. Additionally, drought conditions and a significant drop in the Mississippi River's water level have added stress on water supplies and agriculture.
June 24, 2023
The purpose of this RFP solicitation is to seek a contractor to assist in maintaining the ESF8 Portal and the At-Risk Registry, which must be functioning and available for use by critical healthcare facilities. The contract also includes training of users and ongoing support.
May 02, 2023
This May, observed annually as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Louisiana Department of Health is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone in mental health distress or who may be worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 988 crisis counselors are trained to help reduce the intensity of a situation for the person seeking help and connect them to additional local resources, as needed, to support their wellbeing.
December 20, 2022
“I urge every Louisianan to prepare for the approaching Arctic outbreak and be ready to protect the four P’s – people, pets, plants, and pipes,” Gov. Edwards said. “Be sure to cover or insulate all exposed pipes and prepare for the possibility of cutting off your main water supply if you have a problem.
December 14, 2022
This brings the confirmed Louisiana storm-related death toll to 3 at this time
December 14, 2022
The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed 2 storm-related deaths in Caddo Parish.
August 12, 2022
As Louisiana continues to be under heat advisories, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is offering tips and strategies to help residents protect themselves and others during extreme heat conditions.
August 10, 2022
This is a precautionary closure due to an oil spill in Terrebonne Bay potentially affecting the health of oysters in a portion of molluscan shellfish growing area 15.
August 01, 2022
Mass fatality planning is part of an overall, all-hazards emergency preparedness and responseii performed in Louisiana by the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH). DHH handles Emergency Support Function #8, and is inclusive of support agency in managing human remains, including victim identification and mortuary affairs. This Framework is refined and fully developed with the guidance of DHH staff, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), volunteers with DMORT experience, and the 64 parish coroners.
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