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07 - 23 - 2011

Vernon Parish debuts new emergency notification system

Leesville, La. —Vernon Parish officials have announced the activation of a new emergency notification system for the residents of Vernon Parish.

Now, in the event of an emergency, including weather events, parish residents can be notified via home phone and/or cell phone and email messages. The system can be used to alert residents to any emergency, including missing persons, hazard material spills, and even the opening of flood gates at Toledo Bend.

"This new emergency notification program brings us one step closer to protecting our parish residents, getting them ready and notified when emergencies occur," said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft and Howard Hudgens, director of Homeland Security and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Craft and Hudgens encourage all parish residents to register their contact information, including cell phones, unlisted phone numbers and hearing impaired phones.
Known as First Call, the new system can be customized to alert residents within a specific location, from an entire zip code to a particular street.
Residents can go to to register their information. The secure website will keep all information confidential. The information will be used only for emergency notifications.
In addition, officials are asking residents to clearly post their addresses or house numbers so that they are visible from the road. Numbers should be placed on a mailbox, house, trailer, apartment or business to assist emergency personnel in locating specific places in emergencies.
Emergency personnel could spend valuable time searching for a residence or business where someone is in need of assistance, said Craft. It's very important to have your residence clearly marked.
Citizens who notice missing road signs are encouraged to contact the Vernon Parish Police Jury at 337-239-9933.