Entergy Texas, Inc. is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Gustav and preparing for the possibility that this storm could affect all or parts of Entergy’s service territory next week.

While there is uncertainty regarding the location of the storm’s landfall, Entergy opened its storm command centers and is poised to stage additional manpower and resources to respond to the hurricane. For more information detailing how Entergy responds to a hurricane, visit www.entergy-texas.com.

Hurricane Gustav could cause widespread and extended power outages. 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. The company also contacted other utilities in the region and is arranging to pre-position out-of-state utility crews to quickly move in to assist in restoring service.
With the storm expected to make landfall next week, 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 Gustav prove destructive, Entergy will employ its manpower and resources and rely on the assistance of out-of-state crews, 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 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.

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to 395,000 customers in 26 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corp. 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. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,300 employees.