The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:
LAKE CHARLES, LA – Nothing is more important during an emergency situation than getting accurate information out to the affected public in a timely manner. The CalcaShout Emergency Alert System is a free service of the Police Jury that sends emergency information quickly to subscribers through phones, email, and text messages. The program is managed by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
CalcaShout was first initiated in 2008, shortly before Calcasieu Parish was affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The emergency alert system sent important messages via text and email messages to approximately 20,000 subscribers throughout both weather events. No matter where a subscriber had evacuated to, as long as the location was in the United States, CalcaShout was able to keep them informed.
While the service is free, residents do have to sign up for it. Also, residents who are already subscribers of the service are asked to update any contact information that may have changed recently to ensure that alerts are being sent to the appropriate place.
The system is only activated in emergency situations where there is a harmful risk to the public. CalcaShout is also designed to be used for any type of emergency, not just weather events.
Residents can sign-up or change their existing subscription information at www.calcashout.com. If a resident cannot access the internet they can sign-up by calling the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 337-721-3800.
Emergency contact information given to CalcaShout is strictly used for emergencies and is not shared with any other agency or the public. The CalcaShout system is powered by FirstCall systems.