Posted: Sep 2, 2011 11:34 AM by Lauren Wilson
Updated: Sep 2, 2011 1:29 PM
Entegy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C is watching the system over the Gulf of Mexico very carefully and preparing for a potential impact. All Entergy's utility companies in Louisiana are preparing for high winds, elevated tides, rain and flooding that could affect the companies' service in the southern parishes. Line crews and contractors will be positioned near any areas that could be hit by the storm.
Crews are still returning after their efforts to help restore power to areas affected by Hurricane Irene.
The company also reminds customers to stay away from any power lines that may go down during a storm and to call 1:800-9OUTAGE toll-free.
Also, everyone is reminded to be prepared in the event of a storm. These following tips are suggested:
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.