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Entergy Mississippi is ready for hurricane season
JACKSON, Miss. – Entergy Mississippi is ready for another hurricane season come June 1, and urges customers to be ready, too.
“We prepare for the worst of what Mother Nature might bring, because our customers live in areas prone to severe weather,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of distribution operations. “Severe weather impacting our region is increasing in strength and occurring with greater frequency. And scientists predict this hurricane season will be just as active, with at least 19 named storms and nine hurricanes.”
How Entergy prepares
Entergy Mississippi preforms storm preparations year-round – from inspections and vegetation management to training and industry collaboration. Since trees and other vegetation are a leading cause of power outages, the company conducts “sky to ground" vegetation trimming, which removes tree limbs that would normally have been above the power line and out. Entergy also uses satellite imagery and computer modeling to help predict when trimming may be needed.
Enhancing the grid is also an ongoing, well-planned effort. Investments in hardened infrastructure perform well, and the company is continually making those. For example, earlier this year the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved Entergy Mississippi’s multi-year plan to replace existing wooden transmission poles across its service territory. Approximately 250 to 300 structures will be replaced in 2022. The pole replacement program will help improve the transmission system performance and reduce the length of transmission-caused outages due to wooden pole failures.
Entergy Mississippi stands storm ready. The company has a proven plan of continuous preparation, planning and training. As severe weather threatens, the company monitors, mobilizes and acts.
How customers can prepare
“Safety is one of our core values and we encourage customers to make it their top priority, too,” said Jeter. “Take the time now to get your personal storm plans in place and make a kit with the basic supplies needed in an emergency. You can learn how to make an emergency kit and get important severe weather safety tips on the Entergy Storm Center.”
How customers can stay informed
Staying informed before, during and after a tropical system strikes is just as important as making personal storm plans. Here’s how customers can stay up to date on Entergy Mississippi’s 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 Entergy Mississippi on Facebook and Twitter. Social media also plays an important role in keeping you informed, and the company places a high priority on updating its 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. Versions are available in Spanish and Vietnamese.
About Entergy Mississippi
Entergy Mississippi, LLC provides electricity to approximately 461,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Mississippi is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.