Louisiana Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (LA-TERT) on Pre-Alert Status in Anticipation of Hurricane Zeta


To:        Parish Emergency Preparedness Directors

Louisiana PSAP Directors

LA-TERT Members/Team Leaders


From:   Tyrell T. Morris, LA-TERT State Coordinator

RE:       LA-TERT on Pre-Alert for Hurricane Zeta

Date:    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

As Hurricane Zeta heads to towards the Louisiana coast, members of the Louisiana Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (LA-TERT) are hereby placed in “Pre-Alert” status and should begin to consider their availability for possible deployment.  In the event a request for assistance is received, we will quickly notify members and attempt to meet the needs of the request.  Team members should visit laapco.org/tert and view the pre-deployment checklist and familiarize themselves with the program guidelines.

***SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS*** Click here to review special recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Emergency Communication Center (ECC) related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As a reminder, all requests for a LA-TERT deployment must come through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and be closely coordinated with local parishes and PSAPs.  This is vital to ensure reimbursement.

Emergency Telecommunicators who wish to join the LA-TERT in anticipation of this storm should review the requirements and submit their application as soon as possible at laapco.org/tert.

The LA-TERT is a joint APCO/NENA program that provides trained personnel to emergency communication centers and their personnel in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.  For more information on the national TERT program, visit https://www.njti-tert.org/