Louisiana Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (LA-TERT) on Pre-Alert Status in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida


 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 Tropical Storm Ida 

Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2021 

As Tropical Storm Ida moves into the Gulf of Mexico, 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. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency and emergency communication centers across the state are preparing for tropical impacts. 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 https://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 https://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/.