LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
CalcaShout is a free communication tool used by the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to send notifications during a time of crisis.
"CalcaShout came about after Hurricane Rita with live discussions and feedback that we were getting from citizens, and things that we had noted as far as a void in information for people who had evacuated from our area and were really unsure of what had happened, what's going on, when can they come back," said Norman Bourdeau, the Operations Manager for OHSEP.
Catherine Thomas is a Calcasieu Parish resident who prides herself on being prepared.
"I'm always looking for ways to be better prepared for an emergency. CalcaShout has allowed me to not have to worry or be as defensive about what's going on," said Thomas.
The process for signing up for CalcaShout is quite simple, first you can go onto the CalcaShout web site.
Fill out the information in the required fields, then click 'Add My Contact Information.'
Once signed up, you will join Thomas and the other 30,000 other Calcasieu Parish residents, who can take comfort in knowing they will instantly receive any emergency notifications.
"It has become not only a part of my cell phone life, but my husband's, my sister's, practically everyone that I can encourage to sign up for it. It gives us all a sense of comfort knowing that we'll get those messages," said Thomas.
Messages that could be very important in a time of emergency.
Click on the link below to register for CalcaShout: