Kacee Kirschvink (News Media)
Disturbance 7 May Affect Southwest Louisiana Customers Within the Next 48 Hours
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Preparation is the key to weathering severe storms. As Disturbance 7 moves across the Gulf of Mexico, Entergy urges customers to monitor the weather and implement their own storm plans if needed.
"When it comes to storms we always plan for the worst and hope for the best," said Sheila Pounders, regional director of customer service for Entergy's Louisiana utilities. "Our Operation: Storm Ready guide is a useful tool for customers who want to create their own plans and learn more about storm preparation."
The Operation: Storm Ready guide can be accessed at entergystormcenter.com. Tips to follow before a storm:
Check emergency equipment such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc. Buy extra batteries.
Stock up on nonperishable food, medicine, baby supplies and pet food. Keep a first-aid kit and manual handy. Have a non-electric can opener on hand.
Purchase bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
Keep extra cash on hand, since an electrical power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.
Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, this will keep food fresh longer. Keep the refrigerator closed – most food will stay frozen or fresh up to 12 hours.
Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronics.
Place critical documents such as birth certificates, insurance documents, special pictures, etc., in a safe box.
Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
Entergy crews and contractors are prepared and ready to respond if needed to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. To get the latest updates during outages, customers can take the following actions:
Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text R-E-G to 368374, or visit entergytext.com.
Visit our View Outages page at stormcenter.com.
Call us at 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243).
Follow updates in your local news media, like radio, television and newspapers.
Entergy's Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States Louisiana. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.