Entergy releases hurricane preparedness tips

Varying weather forecasts predict a near-average to above average number of storms during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Unfortunately, Mississippi knows all too well that it only takes one major hurricane to turn an average season into one of disaster.

Entergy Mississippi has released tips for you to get ready for the season ahead. It is better to be prepared and nothing happen, than to not be prepared in a major hurricane event.

“Our area is prone to some of the most severe weather in the country. Just this spring we’ve dealt with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. “We know the chance of being hit by a hurricane in any given year is very real. That’s why we have a plan of continuous preparation, training and action called Operation Storm Ready.”

The plan calls for monitoring weather around the clock every day of the year. When weather threatens, Entergy uses forecasts, computer modeling and past experience to form early predictions about potential power outages and how long restoration might take.

“We assess our ability to bring in and sustain thousands of restoration workers from around the country, if needed,” said Jeter. “Assessing damage, deploying personnel to the right place with the right materials and restoring power are all processes that we continually plan and improve.”

Operation: Storm Ready is a free downloadable guide that helps the public plan and prepare for weather emergencies.

Hurricane Season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.