Emergency Preparedness



Mary Jones, Assistant Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared for unforeseen events allows the NPSO to adequately react, respond, support, and provide law and order during such an event.

The Natchitoches Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, which is administered by the NPSO, remains ready to deploy resources during emergencies and to provide information to citizens.


During an emergency event, OHSEP communicates emergency information and notifications to the citizens of Natchitoches through local television and radio media as well as social media.

“Whenever we post emergency information on our social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, citizens immediately share the information with their social contacts, which enables the information to get out faster,” said Deputy Mary Jones.

In addition to utilizing media to communicate critical information to the citizens of Natchitoches Parish, the NPSO also provides immediate emergency alerts to citizens through CodeRed. CodeRed is a free service that provides instant emergency notifications via cell phone text, land line phone calls or emails.

“We now have nearly 12,000 citizens signed up to receive emergency notifications from CodeRed. We continue to promote the service at all civic meetings, schools and on our website,” said Dep. Jones.


OHSEP also works closely with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in implementing the state disaster plan for action and evacuation. In this capacity, OHSEP provides outreach education by promoting “Get A Game Plan”, which is the official plan for emergency preparedness for citizens in Louisiana. For more information on “Get A Game Plan”, visit www.getagameplan.org

OHSEP also provides informational workshops to the public and training to the citizens. The topics of the workshops offered go beyond preparing for natural disasters and include topics such as identifying and preventing school based threats, reacting to railroad accidents, neighborhood watch meetings, and responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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    How and where do I sign up for Parish Emergency Notifications?

    The parish emergency notifications system is CodeRed.  You can click here to sign up.  You are encouraged to enter all numbers and emails that which you want to receive notifications.  For cell phone numbers you will need to enter the cell phone provider (such as AT&T or Verizon).  For assistance please call (318)238-7720.

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    Who do I call for sandbags and where do I pick them up?

    If you are in need of sandbags call Natchitoches Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (318)238-7720.  At that time you will instructed where to  picked up the sandbags.

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    Where can I find out Weather Conditions?

    For the the quickest information, you should utilize a weather related internet page such as weather.com or you may call the National Weather Service for our area, which is in Shreveport, Louisiana (318)631-3669.

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    Why would I plan ahead for a disaster?

    If a disaster occurs, local government and relief organizations will try to help you. But it is important to be as personally prepared as possible since immediately after an emergency essential services may be cut off. Local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you right away.

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    How do I plan ahead for a disaster?

    One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for emergencies is to develop a household disaster plan. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter to learn how to prepare for a potential emergency and how to respond. Talk with employers and school officials about their emergency response plans. Talk with your household about potential emergencies and how to respond to them. Talk about what you would need to do in an evacuation.

    • Make a household plan to deal with a sudden emergency. Decide how everyone in your household would stay in contact if you became separated. Identify two meeting places: the first should be near your home; the second should be away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
    • Pick a friend or relative who lives outside the immediate area to serve as a household telephone contact. In an emergency, local phone connections may not work, but long distance may still function.
    • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
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    What materials should I have on hand in case of an emergency?

    You should have enough materials to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own water, food and emergency supplies. Keep a disaster supply kit with essential food, water and supplies ready to “grab and go” in case you have to leave your home quickly because of a disaster. Use backpacks or duffel bags to keep the supplies together, and make sure all household members know where the kit is kept. You also should have a similar disaster supply kit at work, as well as a car kit with emergency food, water, flares, jumper cables and cold weather equipment.

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    What are the most important items to include in a disaster supply kit?

    The most important items are water, food, first-aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies, clothing and bedding. Use the following checklists to create your disaster supply kit.