In an emergency, any first responder will tell you that time matters. In life-threatening situations such as floods or severe storms, the difference between minutes and seconds could be the difference between life and death.

That's why Iberia Parish officials are encouraging residents to sign up for the PINS or Parish Information Notification System. You may sign up for the service and have alerts sent directly to your smartphone.

These alerts will give you real-time official information on emergency situations. The system will eliminate the need for deputies to go door to door or wait for broadcast news outlets to report the information. It will also help eliminate confusing information that might be shared across the unreliable social media platforms.

The PINS service is free and you may sign up for the notifications through the Iberia Parish Government website. I think it's a great idea.

By the way, you'll also want to make sure you download and install our radio station App for your smartphone too. This way you'll be on top of the news you need to know and you'll also get information about things you want to know.