LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Lafourche Parish residents are being urged to sign up for a new emergency alert service. The system called "CodeRED" allows citizens to get alerts either via phone call or text message.
"As technology evolves, more and more people are on mobile devices. This will now allow citizens to keep up with breaking events as they go about their daily business," Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said.
Citizens who sign up will be alerted to emergencies such as evacuations, hazardous spills and boil water advisories. The parish says CodeRED system can make several thousand phone calls simultaneously, reducing the total time needed to contact each citizen.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said, "after considering options, we decided to use CodeRED as it allows us to continue providing the same service with enhanced options and capabilities."
The online registration form asks citizens for basic information. Residents can register multiple phone numbers at the same time. Citizens can also provide an email address to receive alerts that way.
To register go to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office website or the Lafourche Parish Government website and click on the CodeRED link on the homepage. Citizens can also enroll by calling Emergency Preparedness at 985-532-8174.