Preparing for Emergencies

  • The Jackson Public School District is pleased to provide this web page as a resource for JPS employees, families, and the community to utilize as preparation for possible disastrous events.

    The biggest lesson learned from 9/11, Katrina, and most recently Covid-19 is that we, as a nation, are not prepared.

    Do you have a plan?

    Mitigation and Prevention

    What happens when a disaster strikes? Do you have a plan of action readily available to all of your family members? Do they know what to do? Where to go? Who to call?

    You will be pleased to know that the Jackson Public School has a district-wide plan in place for over thirty different types of disastrous situations. Just as we are ready, we want you to be ready. Please take a moment to review and complete the Family Emergency Plan provided on the website.

    Home Disaster Supply Kit Preparation

    If a natural disaster struck our city today, do you have a survival kit?

    It is a good idea to have at least a weeks worth supply of food for each family member. Your kit should include (but not be limited to) the following:

    • water
    • toiletries
    • masks
    • canned food
    • dried food
    • crackers
    • nuts
    • peanut butter
    • energy bars
    • cereal
    • flashlight
    • batteries
    • candles
    • matches or lighter
    • blankets
    • first aid kit
    • multi-purpose tools
    • radio
    • identification
    • money
    • critical papers
    • list of medication 

    These are just some of your basic needs during a disaster. Also, don’t forget some entertainment for the family. We know from the Katrina crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic these are stressful times, but being prepared lessens your stress.

    What about the community?

    Are you thinking the school district is prepared, and my family and I are prepared for the next disaster, but what about my community? Great thinking! Are you interested in getting your community/neighborhood prepared for the next disaster? If so, contact Mark Young Sr. Please include the following information in the email: organization's name and a contact person's name, phone number, and e-mail address.

    Who will you call for response?

    Do you have the right numbers in the event of a disaster? Will you respond in a panic mode, or will you be able to maintain control of the situation until help comes?

    Here are some contact numbers that will assist you, your family, and your community in contacting the right entity for the crisis.

    911 Fire, Police, Ambulance(All Emergencies)
    601-960-1234 Jackson Police

    Jackson Fire


    Hinds County Sheriff


    American Medical Response (Ambulance Service)


    MS Highway Patrol


    Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA )


    MS Regional Poison Control


    National Suicide Prevention


    Norfolk Southern Railroad Police


    Shelter for Battered Families


    MS University Medical Center


    MS Baptist Medical Center


    St. Dominic


    Central MS Medical Center

    How do you recover from a crisis?

    Now that you have survived the crisis, it is important to return to normalcy as soon as possible.  Restoring the family unit will reduce stress and anxiety. Listed below are agencies that are available during a crisis.

    Hinds County E.O.C

    601 960-1476

    Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA)

    1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

    MS Emergency Management Agency(MEMA) 1-800-222-6392
    Red Cross


    MS State Department of Health 1-866-458-4948
Last Modified on October 9, 2023