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GOHSEP sending team to assist in Hawaii following storms

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LOUISIANA (KPLC) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) recently announced that it will send a two-person team to Hawaii to help with the severe weather the state is facing.

After weakening to a Tropical Storm, Iselle made landfall on Thursday night in Hawaii. Hurricane Julio is not far behind. The islands were also rocked by a 4.5-magnitude earthquake on Thursday.

"The two GOHSEP employees will join emergency workers from several other states to assist with operations and recovery on a 14-day mission," said Mike Steele, Communications Director for GOHSEP, in a news release. "They will be deployed as part of... a formal agreement between states to provide assistance during a disaster."

"Louisiana is happy to provide this level of assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), similar to the assistance we have received in the past after a hurricane," said Kevin Davis, GOHSEP Director. "GOHSEP's emergency personnel have proven they have the experience to answer these types of calls in an efficient and effective manner."

GOHSEP's team has also provided aid during Super Storm Sandy, flooding in Tennessee and tornadoes in Alabama in 2011.

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