About Us

Launched in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center was created to support the business community during a disaster. The Center is a joint partnership between the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute, a division of the Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Louisiana Economic Development.

Mission

The LABEOC is dedicated to improving the ability of Louisiana businesses and non-profits to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-caused disasters, and to maintain stability, resilience, and economic recovery of their communities.

Meet James “Jim” Williams

Jim Williams

Public-Private Partnership Operations Officer, Informatics Research Institute

Williams is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with 27 years of military service, with the Active Army and Louisiana Army National Guard. He served two deployments to Iraq; he also led and participated in numerous all-hazards responses in Louisiana, including hurricanes, ice storms, and flooding.  

He is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. 

If you have questions about our mission or how we support businesses, please contact us.