Entergy Texas, Inc. is closely monitoring the low-pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico and preparing should it impact Texas’ upper coastal area.

Entergy Texas is prepared for the possibility of strong winds, higher tides, rain and flooding that could affect the companies’ more southern service territory. Should the storm impact Southeast Texas, line crews and contractors will be prepared to safely restore service to customers as quickly as possible.

Under a mutual-assistance agreement, Entergy Texas sent 78 workers in two waves over the past week to the northeast to assist Pepco Holding, Inc. (PHI) with the restoration of power to customers affected by Hurricane Irene. Having completed their work in New Jersey as part of the mutual-assistance agreement with PHI, the crews are currently returning to the state to join company preparations already in progress to respond to any possible impact from the Gulf storm.

Entergy urges customers to monitor the storm and to prepare to implement their own storm plans if needed. The company also reminds customers to stay away from downed power lines and to call 1-800-9OUTAGE toll-free.

To prepare for the 2011 hurricane season, the utility company has:

* Enhanced storm-restoration models to provide quicker assessments and restoration times.

* Used infrared to inspect major lines in order to detect potential problems before they occur.

* Conducted proactive inspections of primary lines to identify potential problems and perform preventative maintenance.

Additionally, the company has prepared a severe weather guide for customers that contains a wealth of information related to preparing for a storm. Operation: Storm Ready can be accessed at www.entergystormcenter.com

 Tips to follow before a storm:

* 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.

* Check emergency equipment such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc. Buy extra batteries.

* 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 Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power
plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United
States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.