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Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Division consists of a Director, Assistant Director and a Deputy.

Natchitoches Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are here to serve the citizens of the Parish through effective planning for natural and man-made disasters. Our goal is to save lives and to protect property through the coordination of an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers.

• We will be an advocate for greater community efforts, including educating the general public to mitigate and prepare for potential emergencies.

• We will support efforts to train and exercise emergency responders in both the public and private sectors.

• We will manage and coordinate efforts toward a rapid recovery from disasters with an effective disaster response and recovery plan.

• This office will be the point of distribution of Homeland Security information and intelligence to agencies throughout the parish. We are committed to effective actions designed to prevent some disasters to reduce the impact of those over which we have not control.

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.

Emergency Notifications

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 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.

Additional Links

5 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Hurricane Season
CodeRed Phone Alerts

Sign Up for CodeRed Alerts

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Frequently Asked Questions

Call the NPSO Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (318)238-7720.

For the accurate weather up to date weather conditions your should call the National Weather Service.

You can receive notifications by submitting your information into the Parish Emergency Notification System which is CodeRed. You can find the CodeRed system by clicking this link.

Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to leave your home for days without basic necessities. You should be prepared. Knowing what steps to take during a disaster, whether it’s flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes or another crisis, can greatly reduce the danger and distress your family may face. Having a disaster supply kit ready at a moment’s notice ensures that you will have necessary supplies no matter how fast you may need to evacuate. The disaster kit should include all the essentials:

Water (1 gallon per day for 3 day)

Food - Enough for each family member for 3 days (non perishable)

Tools and Equipment - Flashlights, spare batteries, battered powered radio, washcloth and towels, change of clothing and an extra pair of shoes and socks for each person, blankets and a sleeping bag for each person.

Personal Items - Personal identification, copies of birthday and marriage certificates, inventory of household good, bank account numbers and other important documents

First Aid Kit - Band aids, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, etc.

You can get a Game Plan for your family on the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness website., or visit ITunes to download the app.