Entergy Texas, Inc. is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ike and preparing for the possibility that this storm could affect all or parts of the company’s service territory this weekend.
While there is uncertainty regarding the timing or location of the storm’s landfall, Entergy has already begun preparation. The company is prepared to withdraw its workers now assisting in Louisiana’s Hurricane Gustav restoration and begin staging them along with other non-Entergy workers to respond to Hurricane Ike. For more information detailing how Entergy responds to a hurricane, visit www.entergy-texas.com.
If it maintains the strength some officials now predict, Hurricane Ike could cause widespread and extended power outages. Should it impact Southeast Texas, Entergy crews and contractors will be staged near the predicted landfall area and are prepared to work long hours after the storm passes, restoring service to customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
With the storm possibly making landfall this weekend, Entergy urges customers to prepare for the possibility of extended power outages with emergency preparedness kits. Entergy also reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines and to call 1-800-9OUTAGE toll free.
“No one likes the inconvenience of being without electricity. Should Ike prove destructive, Entergy will employ its manpower and resources and rely on the assistance of non-Entergy workers if needed, to restore power as quickly as possible and to keep our customers informed of our progress,” said Joe Domino, president and chief executive officer, Entergy Texas, Inc.
“Entergy has a well-rehearsed plan of action and is recognized industry wide as one of the best-trained storm restoration teams in the country.”
If a hurricane hits the area, Entergy follows a restoration plan that concentrates on restoring service to essential customers first like hospitals, police, fire, communications, water, sanitary services and transportation providers. Then, Entergy crews turn their attention to repairing electrical facilities that will return service to the largest number of customers in the shortest period of time, then the next largest number and so on until power is restored to everyone.
“We encourage our customers to listen to local emergency management officials and make their personal emergency and evacuation plans now and prepare for extended power outages. The effects of a hurricane can mean that getting every customer’s service restored may take weeks,” Domino said.
At Entergy, storm preparations begin months in advance of hurricane season and Entergy has contacted suppliers to ensure the availability of poles, wire and all the other electrical equipment.
Tips to follow before the storm:
Inside the Home
* Have a non-electric can opener on hand.
* Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc., and buy extra batteries.
* Keep extra cash on hand – 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 for up to 12 hours.
* Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment–especially sensitive electronics.
Outside the Home
* Trim trees that are NOT near power lines and clear debris. Once a hurricane warning is announced, trash pickup is suspended.
* If you plan to lower your TV antenna, do it well before storm winds arrive. Look around to identify power lines and stay clear.