Prepare now for Hurricane Delta; Information from reliable sources

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Source: City of Natchitoches

NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches is bracing for potential severe weather as Hurricane Delta approaches the coast of Louisiana and would like to encourage all citizens to be prepared as well.

City and parish law enforcement and emergency personnel are monitoring the storm and gearing up for this event in our area as it has the potential to impact on our community.

Due to the potential for flooding, sandbags are available at the Natchitoches City Public Works Office located at 110 Mill Street in Natchitoches.  Sandbags can be picked up between 8:00am-3:00pm starting Thursday, October 8th and are limited to up to 15 bags per person.

Residents are encouraged to turn on the Wireless Emergency Alert via the settings option on your cell phone as these text alerts save lives by sending you updates as the storm system moves through your area.  Those living in mobile homes should make plans to stay with a friend or relative until the threat of severe weather is over.  As a precaution, citizens should stock up on necessary items such as water, batteries and fuel.

Public safety is the City’s top priority, so residents are advised to remain indoors during heavy rainfall and heavy winds unless an emergency makes it absolutely necessary to be on the road. Citizens are encouraged to use caution while traveling and to be aware of the following safety tips:

  • Avoid driving into standing or running water
  • Reduce speed when visibility is low
  • Always allow for extra driving time
  • Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles
  • Motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to traveling

 

In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.  To report power outages in the City of Natchitoches, please contact 318-357-3880.  In the event of a widespread outage, utility workers will work to ensure power is restored as soon as possible.  Please note, do not touch or move downed power lines of any kind for your safety.

 

State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Generator Safety Ahead of Hurricane Delta

 

BATON ROUGE- Once again this hurricane season, Louisiana finds itself being targeted by a tropical system. Because of that, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when utilizing portable generators.

“We have shared this message, at length, across southwest, central and north Louisiana following Hurricane Laura and the multiple carbon monoxide deaths that occurred after that disaster,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “We shared it again for those in southeast Louisiana as Hurricane Sally was approaching. And now with Hurricane Delta likely impacting a significant portion of the state, we are asking all residents to educate yourselves about generator safety now.”

 

Generators produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill without warning. That’s why it’s also imperative to have a carbon monoxide detector for your home, especially if you plan on using a generator.

 

The following generator safety tips are simple, but effective in saving lives:

Generator safety tips
  • Do not place generators inside of any structure including garages, carports and sheds
  • Instead, place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, down-wind away from open doors, windows and vents
  • Before refueling, turn the generator off and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet
  • Instead, use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators
  • Do not use in rain or wet conditions
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Have a carbon monoxide monitor for your home

 

To view a video on generator safety, click here: https://youtu.be/7HsupqhBVis

 

Generator Safety

Swepco provides safety tips

Shreveport, La., (Oct. 7, 2020) – As Hurricane Delta approaches the Louisiana coast, Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) advises customers to prepare now for the storm.

Hurricane Delta is forecast to bring tropical-storm force and possibly hurricane-force wind gusts to central and northwest Louisiana from late Friday through Saturday.

“SWEPCO has activated its storm teams and requested 900 additional line and field personnel to respond to potential power outages,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Region Operations.

“The storm may impact the same area so heavily damaged by Hurricane Laura in August. We are prepared to get the lights back on as safely and quickly as possible, and we want our customers to be prepared,” Seidel said.

Customers need to prepare for potential outages from Hurricane Delta by creating an emergency outage kit.

Those who are on life support systems or need uninterrupted electric service for health reasons should make alternate arrangements in preparation for potential power outages.

Safety tips:

  • Customers should assume that any downed utility line is energized. Stay away and keep children and pets away from downed lines. Please report it immediately to SWEPCO at 1-888-218-3919.
  • If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators can “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

How to report, track outages

  • Log on to SWEPCO.com to report an outage and to sign up for text and email updates, including an estimated time of restoration.
  • Use the SWEPCO app, available for download via the App Store or Google Play.
  • Call 1-888-218-3919 to report your outage.
  • Visit SWEPCO.com/OutageMap to find detailed information without logging into your account

Create an emergency outage kit

Safety kit checklist

 Be prepared should the power go out. Assemble an emergency outage kit that includes the following items, at a minimum:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • Battery-powered radios or televisions
  • Candles, matches, or lighters
  • Water for drinking and cooking
  • Camping equipment (sleeping bags, camp stoves, lanterns)
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Manufacturers’ instructions for power-operated equipment such as the garage door, generator
  • Important medicines you need to take. Better to locate them while the power is still on than fumbling around in the dark should the power go out.

    Be prepared for a power outage