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 and Katrina was that we, as a nation, were 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 Ready.gov 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 three-day supply of food for each family member. Your kit should include (but not be limited to) the following:

    • water
    • toiletries
    • 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, 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 Sgt. Eric Greene. 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
    601-960-2241

    Jackson Fire

    601-974-2900

    Hinds County Sheriff

    601-982-7911

    American Medical Response (Ambulance Service)

    601-987-1212

    MS Highway Patrol

    601-933-6362

    Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA )

    1-800-222-1222

    MS Regional Poison Control

    1-800-273-8255

    National Suicide Prevention

    1-800-453-2530

    Norfolk Southern Railroad Police

    601-366-0222

    Shelter for Battered Families

    601-984-1000

    MS University Medical Center

    601-968-1000

    MS Baptist Medical Center

    601-200-2000

    St. Dominic

    601-376-1000

    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.

    Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA)

    1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
    www.fema.gov/

    MS Emergency Management Agency(MEMA) 1-800-222-6392
    www.mississippi.org
    Red Cross

    601-353-5442
    www.redcross.org

    MS State Department of Health 1-866-458-4948
    www.msdh.state.ms.us
Last Modified on June 14, 2019