Entergy shares its advice for the hurricane season
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Louisiana are ready for another hurricane season on June 1, and you should be ready too.
Entergy Utilities in Louisiana are preparing for the worst that Mother Nature may bring, as our customers live in areas prone to severe weather. We know that the weather conditions affecting our region are getting stronger and happening with greater frequency. Scientists predict this hurricane season will be just as active, with 14 to 21 named storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes.
Businesses prepare for storms throughout the year – from inspections and vegetation management to training and industry collaboration. Since trees and other vegetation are one of the main causes of power outages, we perform “sky to ground” vegetation pruning, which removes nearby tree limbs and vegetation power lines. We use satellite imagery and computer modeling to help predict when pruning may be needed.
Network improvement is also an ongoing and well-planned effort. We know investments in strengthened infrastructure perform well. For example: during Hurricane Ida, a section of our transmission system with approximately 380 newly constructed structures was in the direct path of the storm, and only three of them were damaged – not by the wind , but by theft of debris from heavy barges.
“Storm intensity and frequency appear to be increasing, making it even more important to prepare well before a tropical system threatens our region,” said John Hawkins, vice president of reliability for Entergy in Louisiana. “At Entergy, we are working to ensure that we can restore power in the safest and fastest way possible should extreme weather conditions affect our region, and we urge customers to prepare and also put in place plans.”
He added: “Please join us in being prepared for the storms and know that we will be ready to respond if and when our communities need us.”
Entergy’s utilities in Louisiana are ready for the storms. Companies have a proven plan for ongoing preparation, planning and training. As bad weather threatens, businesses are watching, mobilizing and taking action.
Being ready for a storm is a full-time job, 24/7, 365 days a year. Before hurricane season and throughout the year, we perform inspections on electrical and gas systems, maintain and upgrade equipment, perform tree trimming, and even hire vendors to ensure that materials and supplies like poles and transformers are on site and ready.
In the event of a severe weather threat, Entergy uses forecasts and computer models based on past storm experience to predict an estimated number and duration of outages that may occur. Based on these estimates, the company will call in restoration workers across the country as needed to safely restore power as quickly as possible.
Assessing damage, deploying personnel to the right location with the right materials, and restoring power are all processes that Entergy Louisiana Utilities plans and continually improves. In fact, Entergy employees across the company conduct annual storm response drills to ensure procedures are reviewed and updated before hurricane season begins.
“Safety is one of our core values and we encourage you to make it your top priority as well,” Hawkins said. “Take the time now to put your personal storm plans in place and pack a kit with the basic supplies needed in an emergency. You can learn how to make an emergency kit and get important safety tips by severe weather on the Entergy Storm Center.”
Another preparedness step undertaken by Entergy is to support the American Red Cross disaster response program. Entergy shareholders provide an annual commitment of $250,000 to support the program that helps our communities better prepare for and recover from potential disasters. The contribution will help streamline the disaster response process, allowing funds to arrive more quickly to help those affected in the company’s four-state service area.
Staying informed before, during and after the impact of a tropical system is just as important as making personal storm plans. Here’s how you can keep up to date with Entergy’s Louisiana utility preparations and restoration efforts:
- Download the Entergy app. Customers can use the app to report outages or check the status of electricity at their home or business.
- Check out our Show failures website. The maps show where the faults are and give information on the progress of the restoration.
- Visit the Entergy Storm Center website. The site contains storm safety, preparedness and recovery information that is updated throughout the day.
- Download the Operation: Guide Ready for Storms. This guide will help you plan and prepare for weather emergencies.