About Community Preparedness

The Bureau of Community Preparedness (BCP) uses an all-hazards approach to integrate state and local public health jurisdictions for response to public health threats. The Center is organized according to the National Incident Management System, Incident Command Structure (ICS). Components of ICS include Command, Administration & Finance, Logistics, Operations and Planning. This structure allows for efficient management by integrating processes, personnel, communications and equipment on a day-to-day basis, as well as during emergencies.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

BCP is responsible for ensuring that the activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement Program (42 U.S.C. 247d-3) are carried out as identified in the Center's work plan. The purpose of the PHEP program is to develop emergency-ready public health organizations by upgrading, integrating and evaluating state and local public health jurisdictions' preparedness for and response to terrorism, pandemic influenza, and other public health emergencies. To accomplish the goals set forth by the CDC in the PHEP, CCP follows its mission to build healthy communities through prevention, preparedness and response. To achieve its mission, CCP works closely with its colleagues, local, state and national preparedness partners to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. The Bureau of Community Preparedness has a vision of healthy, safe and prepared communities. BCP's core values are teamwork, caring, diversity, integrity, credibility, innovation and knowledge.

What services are provided?

Services provided through BCP are a result of the need for improved planning and training given domestic attacks such as 9/11 and catastrophic climate-related disasters. Public health preparedness has grown to include response planning for natural disasters. These disasters include pandemic flu outbreaks, ice storms and flooding, as well as man-made events that include oil and chemical spills, and anthrax attacks. BCP offers public health expertise to its partners during emergency response, preparedness training and local and regional exercises. Moreover, services are provided for local, state and national partners in accordance with the National Response Framework.


Dr. Sundee Winder, Executive DirectorPH: 225.354.3500
FX: 225.354.3506
EMAIL: sundee.winder@la.gov

Dr. Karmen Torrence
Interim Deputy Director/Operations Manager

PH: 225.354.3510
EMAIL:  karmen.torrence@la.gov


Dr. Sandra Harris
Admin/Finance Program Manager

PH: 225.354.3504
EMAIL: sandra.l.harris@la.gov  

Keith PhillipsProgram Manager - Logistics

PH: 225.354.3530
EMAIL: keith.phillips@la.gov

Dr. Gail HollinsPandemic Influenza - Statewide RN Program Consultant

PH: 225.354.3508
EMAIL: gail.hollins@la.gov