OHSEP officials recognized

Staff reports
Shown from left are: Parish Council Chairman Pat Bell, Crystal Moran, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Rachael Wilkinson and Rick Webre.

Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) officials were recognized with parish certificates of achievement at the Parish Council meeting on Sept. 15 for recent awards they received at the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association Conference in New Orleans.

Rachael Wilkinson, grants coordinator and documentation unit leader, and Crystal Moran, operations section chief, each received Louisiana Emergency Manager Certifications following four months of training in two separate programs.

Rick Webre, director of OHSEP, received the President’s Award 2011, which is the highest award given by the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association. Webre wrote the curriculum and certifying examination for a new Statewide Emergency Manager Training Program. He serves on the board of directors for LEPA and also chairs their training committee.

The 90-day program combines training for the Louisiana Emergency Manager’s (LEM) curriculum, and for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Command College.