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Jefferson Parish Hosts Hurricane Prep Rally


Jefferson Parish President John Young is inviting the public to attend the 2011 Jefferson Parish Hurricane Prep Rally this Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10am - 4pm at the Lafreniere Park Pavillion in Metairie. Admission is free.

President Young said, "Hurricane season begins June 1st, so now is the time to prepare. We will have many Jefferson Parish departments on hand to provide essential information on how to prepare your homes and families for hurricane season, evacuation and let you know how the parish is prepared to respond."

Some of the Jefferson Parish departments and agencies participating include the Jefferson Parish Emergency Operations Center Mobile Command Unit, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Jefferson Parish Fire Departments, Louisiana State Police, HazMat Responders, Emergency Medical Services, City of Kenner Police and Fire Departments, Entergy, Jefferson Parish Drainage Department, Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, East Jefferson and West Jefferson Emergency Medical Services, and many more.

Live demonstrations will show the dangers of electrocution from downed power lines, the life-saving hands-on experience of how to escape a fire, an interactive scale- model of how our drainage system works and where all the water goes, and our first responders will display their impressive high-water and rescue vehicles.

Jefferson Parish personnel will offer citizens on-the-spot registration for the JPAlert Community Notification System and will assist business owners with the opportunity to pick-up their 2011 Re-Entry Placards for businesses returning to Jefferson Parish after evacuating.

Please join us for this important event and bring your family and friends. For additional information, contact the Jefferson Parish Public Information Office at (504) 736-6410.