St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish Implements New Mass Notification System: Blackboard Connect

Parish Implements New Mass Notification System: Blackboard Connect

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Parish President Natalie Robottom is pleased to launch Blackboard Connect, the parish's new mass notification system. With this service, periodic and personalized voice, text or email messages can be sent to residents and businesses within minutes. The Blackboard Connect service will allow the Parish to stay connected with residents and business owners by sending updates for emergencies, community events, water outages, road closures, garbage collection changes, and other community matters. These messages will go directly to home and business phones, cell phones, and local agencies. The service also sends emails and text massages (SMS) to mobile phones, and posts to Facebook and Twitter. Messages can also be sent to TTY/TDD devices for individuals with hearing impairments.

The first community-wide test call will be conducted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

“I remain committed to improving communications with residents and businesses and this is one of several new initiatives being implemented to do so. Blackboard Connect provides a better and quicker avenue to keeping residents informed and safe - please get connected to this system,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

Parish officials can target messages to an unlimited number of groups. Authorized users can use Geo-mapping and group subscription features to contact residents with specific geographical locations and interests, ensuring relevant, targeted information is provided.

"With this new system, residents will receive information during emergencies and information that is of importance to them,” said Paige Falgoust, Communications Director. “I strongly encourage residents to register and update their message preferences in the system's secure database.”

Please visit www.sjbparish.com, click the “Stay Connected” link, and provide complete contact information. Users should also manage message preferences by indicating their preferred mode of contact, language and message topics. Residents without internet access may also contact the Parish office at 985-652-9569 for assistance.

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