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Major Hurricane Threatens Gulf Coast: Prepare Now

EEI and our member companies are closely monitoring Hurricane Laura, which is threatening the Gulf Coast of the United States. While there is still uncertainty about the exact path Laura will take, the storm is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday along the Texas and Louisiana coast. Laura comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Marco, which made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River on Monday and quickly weakened. 

Electric companies in the path of Marco and Laura started to prepare last week. Learn more in EEI’s press release. If you are in the path of Hurricane Laura, you should prepare now. Watch EEI’s video  and read these tips:

·         Pay close attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, and Internet.

·         Visit www.ready.gov to learn how to plan, be prepared, and act in your community.

·         Review EEI’s hurricane safety tips. For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit the National Hurricane Survival Initiative.

·         Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.

·         Have your emergency outage kit stocked and readily available. Make sure to include masks or face coverings and hand sanitizer.

·         Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. If anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation, contact your local emergency management office. Find the phone number at www.FEMA.gov

·         Be sure to include your pets in your evacuation plan. Not all evacuation shelters and hotels accept pets, so you may need to identify a pet-friendly hotel along your evacuation route.

·         Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities to avoid the need for travel during a storm. If you live in an area where evacuations may be necessary, be sure to research any changes to local policies that may have been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

·         Learn what to do in case of a power outage .

·         Make sure your contact information is current with your local electric company so you can receive any status or safety updates the company might put out during an emergency. Be sure to follow your electric company on social media for real-time updates. ​​