Entergy holds preparedness meeting, urges residents to remain storm ready

Caresse Jackman talks about a series of meetings Entergy is holding to make sure residents have a plan in place for storms.

NEW ORLEANS -- Entergy New Orleans is trying to make sure residents in the metro area remain storm ready as the peak of hurricane season arrives.

“I know people that when they hear a storm might come into the Gulf, they get nervous,” New Orleans resident Sean Olivier said.

Eleven years may have passed since Hurricane Katrina, but the storm’s aftermath still lingers in his memory.

"We had about eight feet of standing water in this house for three weeks before it receded. So, you don’t have to tell us twice,” Olivier said.

More than a decade later, Olivier is ahead of the game with an action plan in place. For him, it's a necessity, since he lives with his elderly mother and son.

"Having survived Katrina, I know how the flooding and everything got, you know. It's either you be prepared or die,” Olivier’s mother, Cheryl Olivier said.

Entergy is trying to make sure people have a storm plan. They are holding a series of community meetings, informing people about storm preparedness. The meetings also provide residents with resources and tips, including what people should do if their power shuts off.

“All year long we drill," Toni Green Brown, Entergy Public Affairs Manager said. "We work with other utilities to get mutual assistance agreements in place in case we need help to get the lights back on. We make sure the employees are prepared. They know their storm roles, where we're going to go.”

Recently what became Hurricane Hermine grabbed the metro area's attention.  It steered clear of Southeast Louisiana, but the hurricane did reinforce the importance of being storm ready. Cheryl Olivier said she's prepared.

"On a scale of one to ten, it's a twenty,” she said.

Living in New Orleans her entire life, Oliver said you can never be too prepared.

Entergy will hold another community meeting Thursday, Sept. 8 at Federal City, 2485 Guadalcanal St., beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Click here to find out more information about storm preparedness from Entergy.

(© 2016 WWL)


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