Incorporating the Ports and Waterways System Capabilities into the Local Emergency Response System

The primary objective of the research is to examine how the ports and extensive inland waterway network can be incorporated into the state emergency management systems currently in place. It will examine the physical facilities available at ports and the necessary agreements required to access these assets in times of emergency. The recent devastation caused by hurricanes in Louisiana and the oil spill currently impacting coastal Louisiana underscore the need for a more effective local emergency management system. A coordinated first response by emergency teams in the area using local resources is the most effective means to minimize loss of human life as well as property and environmental damage.