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Enrollment open for Jefferson Parish's community alert system

Residents of Jefferson Parish are urged to enroll into a new community alert system.

According to a news release from parish officials, "JPALERT is an alert notification system that allows officials to immediately contact subscribers during a major crisis or emergency and can deliver important real-time emergency notifications and updates to home phones, email, pagers, smart phones, other handheld devices, and via text messages on cell phones. JPALERT is a free service; however, some wireless carriers may apply charges to receive messages on some devices."

Subscribers would get information regarding life-threatening or severe weather, highly disruptive road shutdowns, any evacuation orders or shelter in place information.

Citizens who want to sign up for the service can register online. Click here for the Jefferson Parish website. According to a parish news release, citizens should "Click on the Emergency Management/JPAlert icon, and follow the instructions. Citizens may customize their weather and emergency alerts for specific notifications, including Excessive Heat Warning, Extreme Cold Warning, Flood Warning, Hurricane Warning, Storm Warning, Tornado Warning, Tropical Storm Warning, Tsunami Warning, Evacuation Alerts, Boil Water Alerts, Power Outage Alerts, School Alerts, and Influenza Alerts."

If you don't have access to the internet, you can still register by calling Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department service representatives at (504) 349-5360, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

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