Play it safe, weather power outages with emergency storm kits

Spring brings a riot of colors, longer days and warmer weather that can make the most pessimistic person forget every care. But there’s a dark side to the season. Spring also brings violent weather that can spawn floods, thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes, all of which may lead to widespread power outages.

Entergy Texas, Inc. encourages customers to prepare for stormy weather by stocking emergency kits with staples such as flashlights, batteries and radios.

“We do our best to reduce the chance for outages before bad weather hits, but storms are often powerful and unpredictable,” said Vernon Pierce, director of customer service for Entergy Texas, Inc. “The best precaution customers can take is to be prepared and have everything they need in one place if they lose power. This helps instill order and safety while our crews are restoring service.”

A storm preparation kit should include these items:
• At least one flashlight for everyone in the household.
• A battery-powered lantern to light larger spaces.
• A battery-operated weather radio for storm updates.
• Battery-powered cell phone chargers.
• Extra batteries in a variety of cell sizes for extended power outages, along with batteries for critical-care devices.

Keep storm kits in a location that is easily accessible to everyone in the house. Kits should be checked and replenished, if needed, before the start of each storm season.

Avoid lighting candles during power outages for safety reasons. Candles are a leading cause of home fires.

“When we’re working to get the lights back on, our goal is to always finish the job safely, with no accidents or injuries,” Pierce added. “Safety should be every customer’s priority, too.”

In the event of power outages, customers can use devices that access the Internet to visit Entergy Texas’ View Outages website at . This site shows street-by-street where power is on or off, so customers can check whether their place of business, home or school has been affected.

Customers can also send and receive power outage information via text by signing up for My Account Anywhere. Detailed information is available at .

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation 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.