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La. Homeland Security remains vigilant in wake of California and Paris shooting sprees

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

As the investigation into the mass shooting attack in San Bernadino, Calif., continues, Louisiana’s homeland security office is in near-constant contact with federal authorities.

The words stated by President Barack Obama on Thursday may raise more concerns than they alleviate: "It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don't know.”

And Kevin Davis, director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping up with every new development in the California tragedy.

“We can learn a lot from what happened and then hopefully not allow that to happen here in Louisiana,” said Davis.

Louisiana’s Fusion Center focuses on preventing terrorists activities 24/7. And while Davis stresses there are no credible threats pertaining to Louisiana at this time, nothing can be taken for granted.

"We're always pretty much at a high level with what's been happening around the world,” Davis stated.

The following statement was released by the City of New Orleans: 

“In light of the recent tragedies in Paris and San Bernardino, CA, the City remains in constant contact with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. We rely on the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Fusion Center, and the NOPD Intelligence Unit to provide valuable intelligence information support and threat assessments. We have received notification from the FBI that attacks against the US are possible but there are no specific or credible threats to the New Orleans area at this time. The City’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness maintains comprehensive emergency plans for all hazards incidents, including plans for a terrorist attack. We regularly conduct exercises designed to address many different threats and test our public safety system. We encourage our citizens to remain alert and notify law enforcement of anything suspicious by contacting NOPD at (504) 821-2222 or the Louisiana Fusion Center at 1-(800) 434-8007.”

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, believes the homeland is not as safe as the White House would suggest. FOX 8 News interviewed Scalise about increased terror concerns just hours before the California shooting spree began.

“ISIS has been saying for months now they want to bring terrorism to the west and they did it. They started it in Paris, they said they want to come to the United States, and I've been calling on the president to come up with a real plan to defeat ISIS. He's yet to do that,” Scalise said.

And he insists the U.S. must take a hard line against terrorists groups.

"Our bill that we got signed into law last week forces the president to come up with a plan that he has to submit to the country and to Congress by February to defeat ISIS,” said Scalise.

And Davis said as Homeland Security does its part the general public here in Louisiana also has a role to play.

"We rely heavily on our citizens here in Louisiana to report suspicious activity one of them is through the La. State Police Activity Hotline which they can call,” said Davis.

He said there is also an app available to the public, called “See Something, Send Something” that allows people to send in pictures of suspicious activity.  More information is available at this site, http://la-safe.org/mobileapp.html.

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