Mara M. Hartmann
JACKSON, Mississippi - Spring is here and so is the threat of violent weather. Before severe weather threatens, make sure you are prepared with a plan that accounts for all family members, including pets.
'When serious weather threatens, we mobilize for round-the-clock outage restoration,' said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. 'Mississippians need to prepare as well-for personal safety and for the potential of extended power outages.'
Create a Plan and a Kit
First, ensure that you have multiple ways of getting severe weather warnings, including smart phone apps and weather radios with loud alarms that will wake you when severe weather threatens at night. Visit the Entergy Storm Center to download the free Operation: Storm Ready guide. This booklet tells how to create a storm kit and has a checklist of what a kit should include so that nothing important is overlooked.
Know How to Send and Receive Outage Information
There are several ways to report outages or downed power lines:
Download the free Entergy app for Apple or Android to check power at your home or business and to report outages
Call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) to report outages and downed lines
Check the View Outages map on Entergy's website or app for outage info and, if available, cause and estimated restoration time
Visit the Entergy Storm Center for updates and information
Register for MyAccountAnywhere to get outage info on your cellphone and to send and receive texts.
'We do our best to reduce the likelihood of outages during bad weather, but storms are often very powerful and unpredictable,' said Jeter. 'The best precaution you can take is to be prepared and have everything you need in one central location if you lose power, including a way to notify us of the outage. This will help instill order and safety while our crews are busy restoring service.'
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 445,000 customers in 45 counties. 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, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and more than 13,000 employees.