Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

Homeland security & emergency preparedness

Dexter Accardo - Director

The OHSEP conducted a full-scale Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise in response to a Simulated Public Health Crisis which has fictionally affected citizens in the Covington area, and had the potential to affect a large segment of St Tammany’s population. The exercise  put into action the necessary measures to be taken in a real situation to prophylaxis our citizens through the distribution of antibiotics to the affected population, to prevent and remedy the effects of the Simulated Public Health Crisis. To learn more about what types of disasters can happen and what the responses might be visit Ready.gov.                 


St. Tammany recognized as StormReady® Community

St. Tammany is recognized as a StormReady® Community.


What we do

Develop, manage, coordinate and maintain a comprehensive and effective response to any natural or technological emergency that may occur and which poses a threat to lives and property in St Tammany Parish.

Responsible for advising the Parish President, Administration Officers, Parish Council and Municipalities regarding emergency preparedness activities and operations.

Our authority is defined by the LA Disaster Act of 1993, Chapter 6 The Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, Act 1993, No.800, §1, eff. June 22, 1993; Acts 2003. No 40, §2, eff. May 223, 2003; Acts 2006, No, 615, §1, eff. June 23, 2006 Acts 2009, No. 24, §2, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2014, No.811, §15, eff. June 23, 2014.



  • Develop and implement an All Hazards Emergency Operation Plan.
  • Provide public awareness programs throughout the parish.
  • Provide emergency information and warning to the public.
  • Activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergencies.
  • Participate in drills and exercises involving local, state and federal emergencies.
The staff of the Emergency Operations Center are available for Community Emergency Preparedness presentations. These presentations can be given for church groups, civic groups or school groups, and each is tailored to the individual needs of the geographic areas of vulnerability. Please call (985) 898-2359 to schedule a presentation.