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 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 weeks worth supply of food for each family member. Your kit should include (but not be limited to) the following:
- canned food
- dried food
- peanut butter
- energy bars
- matches or lighter
- first aid kit
- multi-purpose tools
- 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 601-960-2241
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
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
Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA)
MS Emergency Management Agency(MEMA) 1-800-222-6392
MS State Department of Health 1-866-458-4948