Louisiana Emergency Response Commission

Membership and Organization

By executive order, the Governor appoints the chairperson and members of the commission. The chairperson appoints the vice-chairperson.

In 1996, Governor Mike Foster issued two executive orders designating positions on the commission under his administration. Executive Order MJF 96-48 issued October 17, 1996, referenced eight original agencies and associations represented, and increased the number of at-large positions to seven, for a total of fifteen positions. Executive Order MJF 96-67 issued November 8, 1996, added an additional member from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, thereby increasing the number of positions to sixteen.

On March 3, 1997, Governor Mike Foster issued Executive Order MJF 97-14 increasing the number of at-large positions to ten for a total membership of nineteen.

On August 20, 2004, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued Executive Order KBB 04-34. Under this Executive Order, the membership of the Commission remained essentially the same as during Governor Foster's administration, except that the number of members was increased to 20 by the addition of a second director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in the Military Department.

On August 22, 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal issued Executive Order BJ 2008-72 which referenced nine original agencies and associations represented and ten at-large members:

Membership in 2008 included the following:

  1. One member representing the deputy secretary of the Department of Public Safety, or the deputy secretary's designee;
  2. One member representing the secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality; or the secretary's designee;
  3. One member representing the secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or the secretary's designee;
  4. One member representing the director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency preparedness, or the director's designee;
  5. One member representing the Right-to-Know Unit, Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police;
  6. One member representing the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association;
  7. One member representing the Louisiana State University Firearm Training Program;
  8. One member representing environmental interests;
  9. One member representing the chemical industry to be nominated by the Louisiana Chemical Association; and
  10. Ten at-large members.