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Don’t let the quiet fool you: hurricane season isn’t over
Our region has been lucky this year, but don’t let your guard down. We are entering the peak of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
In fact, some of our most destructive tropical events have occurred in August.
- Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, 2005.
- Hurricane Harvey hit Aug. 25, 2017.
- Hurricane Laura hit Aug. 27, 2020.
- Hurricane Ida hit Aug. 29, 2021.
We prepare for severe weather year-round.
Our employees stay storm ready so we can restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible:
- We complete annual storm response exercises to ensure company procedures are reviewed and updated before hurricane season begins.
- We perform inspections of the grid and our facilities, using infrared cameras and drones to inspect power lines and look for “hotspots” and other areas that might be likely to fail.
- As we identify areas to upgrade equipment, we replace outdated equipment with more reliable and modern infrastructure.
- We conduct “sky to ground” vegetation trimming to removes tree limbs that would normally have been above the power line and outside our standard trimming scope. Satellite imagery and computer modeling is used to help predict when trimming may be needed.
We also monitor severe weather 24/7. When weather threatens, we use forecasts to predict the number and duration of outages that could occur. Based on those estimates, we bring in workers from around the country to restore power.
And we don’t stop there. We've been focused on building a more resilient power grid for decades; however, we are accelerating these efforts to better protect our infrastructure against severe weather events, such as hurricanes and ice storms.
Safety is one of our core values and we encourage you to make it your top priority, too.
You can keep yourself and your family safe by preparing a good personal disaster plan. Learn how to make an emergency kit and get important severe weather safety tips on the Entergy Storm Center. Resources include:
- Get prepared: Make a plan, make a kit.
- Your mobile phone: A lifeline during a disaster.
- Stay informed: Stay storm ready.
- Stay safe: Safety after the storm.
- Generator safety: Know the hazards.
- Gas safety: Know the signs.
- Food safety: Avoid loss and risk of illness.
Stay informed to stay safe.
Staying informed before, during and after a tropical system strikes is just as important as making personal storm plans. Here’s how you can stay up to date on our preparations and restoration efforts:
- Download the Entergy app. Customers can use the app to report outages or check on the status of power at their home or business.
- Check our View Outages Maps show where outages are located and give information about restoration progress.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social media also plays an important role in keeping you informed, and we place a high priority on updating our social media channels throughout an event.
- Sign up for text messagesabout storm and restoration efforts by texting REG to 36778.
- Visit the Entergy Storm Center The site has storm safety, preparation and restoration information that is updated throughout the day.
- Download the Operation: Storm Ready Guide. This guide will help you plan and prepare for weather emergencies. Abbreviated versions are available in Spanish and Vietnamese.