- Storm Ready parish
- Missing and exploited children
- West Baton Rouge Parish is the second 911 call center in the state to receive the recognition from NCMEC.
- 911 Dispatchers AMBER alert trained
Storm ready parish
What It means to be a storm ready parish?
The National Weather Service has recognized West Baton Rouge Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness and 911 as a storm ready parish approved by the National Weather Service .There are only 23 storm ready parishes and county's within Louisiana .
Being a part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about preparing for your community's increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. You can make sure your community is StormReady®. Some 98 percent of all Presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. The StormReady program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
StormReady communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, commercial enterprises and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather—from tornadoes to winter storms. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. . To be officially StormReady, a community must:
Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public
Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
Apart of the missing and exploited children initiative
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recognized the West Baton Rouge Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and 911 call center officials in New Orleans last week after they completed the necessary requirements to become a Missing Kids Readiness Project member.
The parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and 911 call center spent two years in training and now join a growing list of response agencies that have completed the required steps of the national organization’s Missing Kids Readiness Project regarding how to respond to emergency calls regarding children. The project promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.
AMBER alert training
In addition to adopting a policy addressing missing or abducted child calls, West Baton Rouge Parish officials had to complete online telecommunications training from the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program.
The parish 911 operators began the training in 2012.
The parish’s inclusion in NCMEC’s program means it will have access to any new information and/or resources the organization may have in the future related to missing children cases.
The parish’s policy gives 911 operators a definitive method as to how they should respond to missing children calls, what pertinent questions must be asked and how to transmit the appropriate radio alerts and other notifications for authorities and AMBER alerts.