Washington Parish 911 (Communications District) is reminding residents to sign up for emergency weather alerts. The free alert service is an important way that the Parish will send out information such as evacuation orders, shelter information and ways to get assistance when disaster strikes.
Now is the time for residents to register their contact information, which lets the system know who to send information to and how to send it. And signing up is easy. Anyone who lives or works in the parish can enroll by calling or texting “Alert” to (985) 282-2620 or by going to https://hrpow.us/wpprepare.
The Parish Communications District is also asking local businesses, churches, service organizations and others to encourage their employees, members, etc. to sign up and is providing information on how to do that at https://www.hyper-reach.com/preparedness-page/.
“This latest storm is just another reminder that we need everyone to sign up, and now,” said Joanna Thomas, Director of the Communications District. “We want to send you the right information at the right time, and your registration gives us the ability to do that.”
“And when you’re done signing yourself up, help your family, friends and neighbors,” said Bobbi Jo Breland, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “Send an email to the people you care about who live or work in the Parish. Post it to your Facebook or Instagram. Every person who signs up is one step closer to being ready for this storm and the ones that will come later this season.”
Residents can also get community and emergency alerts through Alexa-enabled devices just by saying “Alexa, enable Hyper-Reach” and following the Alexa-provided instructions. And you can also get alerts on your web browser by clicking “Accept” when you see the request for push notifications.
There’s also the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app you can download to your smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is free and lets you manage and monitor the alerts you receive for home, office and other addresses you care about - such as elderly relatives or friends. Just go to your Apple or Google app store and search for “Hyper-Reach Anywhere.”