In 2016, Lafourche Parish Government & LPSO introduced a new emergency alert service called “CODE RED.” The system is designed to alert residents about any emergency situation, such as storm evacuations, hazardous material spills, and boil water advisories. While such announcements would always be made in news releases and social media, the system informs citizens directly through a phone call or text message.
By default, all residential landline phones are already included in the system. Any citizen who wishes to receive a call on a cell phone and/or receive a text message in the event of an emergency can sign up online. When signing up for CodeRED online, each citizen will complete a form requesting basic information, including the citizen’s name, address and phone number. Multiple phone numbers can be added, including land-based telephone lines and cell phones with an option to receive text message alerts. An email address can also be added to receive the notifications by email. Upon submitting the information, users will have the option to create a “managed account”. This option is recommended so that users can change information, such as phone numbers or addresses, in the future, if necessary. Users will have a final opportunity to verify all information, including the ability to pinpoint your address on a map and even conduct a test call to the phone number(s) entered.
Residents and businesses who wish to enroll by telephone, or need more information, please contact the Lafourche Parish Government Office of Emergency Preparedness at (985) 532-8174.