SOUTH KOREAN INSTITUTE FOR CHEMICAL SAFETY SEEKS HELP FROM EOC
Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
On April 4, the St. Charles Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (EOC) welcomed a delegation from the South Korean National Institute of Chemical Safety (NICS) to the emergency operations center in Hahnville for a tour and presentation on how the parish’s local government prepares for and manages emergency situations.
“It was such a pleasure to host the South Korean Delegation and share our philosophy on emergency management,” said Emergency Preparedness Director Joe Ganote. “We often work closely with other jurisdictions here in the United States in an effort to share experiences and learn various skills, procedures and techniques. But to have an international organization at your disposal doesn’t happen very often. So, we a very grateful to have this opportunity.”
The NICS learned about the EOC’s chemical safety plans and procedures seeking counsel from federal delegation. After visiting the parish’s website and reading the All Hazard’s Guide, the organization requested a meeting and tour of the facility in order to better understand how South Korea can respond to emergencies on a local level.
“It was much more than we expected. We were very impressed with the emergency preparedness operation in St. Charles Parish,” said Seungho Jung, Associate Professor of the
Department of Environmental & Safety Engineering of Ajou University. “We plan to keep in touch and to introduce what we learned to other South Korean officials.”
The EOC staff also explained the nature and the importance of its relationships with surrounding government and emergency-response agencies, local industry as well as the school system in order to efficiently activate and respond to a variety of emergency situations.
“Having an international delegation compare the work they are doing with ours and then seek our help to improve their current system speaks volumes to our level of preparedness on a local, state, federal and international level,” said Parish President Larry Cochran. “To say I am proud not only of the EOC’s accomplishments, but also this recognition is an understatement.”
The mission of the parish’s emergency preparedness department is to administer a comprehensive emergency management program for the protection of public health and safety and protection of property in cooperation with partners on the local, regional, state and national levels.
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PHOTO: Parish officials and members of the South Korean National Institute of Chemical Safety before beginning the tour of the EOC in Hahnville