CONTACT PERSON: HARRY KYLE, 337-824-2003 AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED: In 2005 Hurricane Rita interrupted communications on the Louisiana coast even before she made landfall. After the wind and rain stopped, it still took weeks for communications to be restored. Evacuated citizens of Jeff Davis found it very difficult to get specific news concerning their town, school, and community.
Should we experience another evacuation, citizens of Jeff Davis are encouraged to access www.jdps.org for the latest updates concerning Jeff Davis Parish. As long as an evacuated citizen can access the Internet, he/she will be able to receive news concerning storm damage, return dates, power and utilities, water systems status, ice and food supplies, and water supplies, open or closed roads, curfews, school reopening dates, employee return dates, and other post-storm information important to our parish citizens.
Located at a remote location, www.jdps.org will remain online throughout the storm and after the evacuation. A link to the Sheriff’s Office www.jeffdavis.net is posted on this emergency information website. Plans are to also link to local TV stations and newspaper websites. This site will be updated from a remote location as Jeff Davis Parish recovers from a storm.
All Jeff Davis citizens are asked to save the www.jdps.org web address and take it with them should they evacuate.
We learned from Rita that we must be prepared to take care of ourselves for several days after a storm strikes. Although we all hope for a peaceful hurricane season, now is the time to prepare your family and loved ones should a storm threaten our parish this year.