Get Prepared. Make a Storm Plan.
Experts agree that having a family emergency plan and a kit of the basic supplies you’ll need in an emergency is the best way to be prepared for severe weather. Entergy has plans in place for how we will react to severe weather, and we urge our customers to have one, too.
Preparing your family emergency plan is not complicated. If your family is separated when disaster strikes, having a plan in advance will help you know how you will contact one another and how you will get back together.
There are many things to consider when making your family emergency plan. Sit down with your family and decide how you will contact each other, where you will go for safety and what you will do during and after the severe weather has passed. Things to discuss are:
- Designate one or more out-of-town contacts. These people may be reached more easily and can relay messages to your family members if you should become separated during or after the storm. Make sure you check with your emergency contacts beforehand to make sure they are willing and able to assist you in an emergency.
- Important phone numbers. Be sure every member of your family knows the phone numbers to call your emergency contacts. If you have a cellphone for each family member, that is good and you should program your emergency contacts’ phone numbers in as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency). Emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to reach someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
- Learn to text message. Often times a text message can get around network disruptions when voice communications cannot. Knowing how to send and receive text messages can be an important way to communicate with loved ones.
- Decide to stay or go. Before the storm approaches, it is important to decide whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. If you evacuate, you may need several possible destinations to travel to depending on where the storm is headed and should plan accordingly. A mandatory evacuation is just that– mandatory. However, use common sense in reaching your decision. Remember in an emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. Radio, TV and the internet may provide you with official information as it becomes available to help you decide if there is an immediate danger.
- Know the plan at work or school. Find out about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, day care and school. If there are no plans, then consider volunteering to help create one.
For more storm resources, check out Entergy’s full Storm Ready Guide.