City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell encourages residents to be prepared for Tropical Storm Lee.
Councilmember Hedge-Morrell is watching the progression of the tropical storm closely and, as Chair of the Council Utility Committee, will be monitoring Entergy's response time to restoring power.
"While we do not expect this to be a major event, it is still important to be prepared. Street flooding and power outages are likely, but we hope the damage and disruption will be minimal," said Councilmember Hedge-Morrell.
Entergy is already placing crews in position to restore power as quickly as possible in the event of outages.The Department of Public Works has two contractors on standby for road repair and debris removal. The Department of Parks and Parkways and the Sanitation Department have equipment staged and ready to clear roadways of fallen trees or debris. Sewerage and Water Board pumps are 100% operational, and backup generators at the Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant are active. Everyone is working together to make sure we get through this storm as smoothly as possible.
Here are some important steps residents are urged to take in preparation.
- Stock up on nonperishable food, medicine, baby supplies and pet food. Keep a first-aid kit and manual handy. Have a non-electric can opener on hand.
- Purchase bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
- Check emergency equipment such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc. Buy extra batteries. Keep extra cash on hand, since an electrical power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from ATMs or banks.
- Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, this will keep food fresh longer. Keep the refrigerator closed - most food will stay frozen or fresh up to 12 hours.
- Fill your vehicle's gas tank.
- Clean or clear catch basins near your home.
- Secure debris and loose furniture on your property.
Helpful contact numbers:
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD): (504) 821-2222
ENTERGY: 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749)
To report outages: 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243)
Sewerage & Water Board: (504) 529-2837
City of New Orleans: 311