NAPOLEONVILLE — Beginning as early as next week, Assumption Parish residents will be able to sign up for a new emergency notification system offered by parish government.
During Wednesday’s Police Jury meeting, Parish Emergency Operations Director John Boudreaux demonstrated computer software that will map all registered users and offer telephone, text and email notification services.
The new system will work alongside the parish’s current phone message alert system, Boudreaux said.
“We’ve had a telephone notification system in place for the past 10 years,” he said. “We just upgraded it to offer more notification options. Some people had complained over the years that they never received the phone calls.”
Residents can register through a website and will be able to submit phone numbers — both cellular and landline — as well as email addresses to receive notifications, Boudreaux said.
“We’ll be able to send text messages and emails to notify registered residents about emergencies, as well as things such as road closures, utility outages, hurricane evacuations, public meetings and more.”
Incorporating text messages will greatly help to spread the word about important parish emergency information and events, Boudreaux said.
“It takes time to create phone messages to send out, which hampers us in times of urgent situations,” he said. “With texting, we can reach a thousand people in 30 seconds. Most people have the ability to receive texts nowadays.”
The site will also feature an opt-out section so that registered users who may move out of the parish can remove their information from the system, Boudreaux said.
A link to the registration site will be made available on the parish’s website, http://www.
assumptionla.com, within the next week, Boudreaux said.
Other actions taken by the Police Jury involved:
BAYOU LAFOURCHE: The jury voted to send the names of four residents to state government for appointment to the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District.
Police Jury President Martin Triche said that according to recent legislation, the jury must recommend four applicants for the two positions representing Assumption Parish on the multiparish board, with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office selecting the two representatives.
Currently, Don Arceneaux and Ron Animashaun serve in those positions. Along with Arceneaux and Animashaun, the jury also recommended Greg Nolan Jr. and Kenny Thibodeaux to serve on the panel.
The jury also voted to include wording to show that it is “very satisfied” with the efforts of Arceneaux and Animashaun.