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.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
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.