Cleco is distributing Hurricane Preparation Information throughout its service area including Coushatta and portions of Red River Parish. Cleco representative Tripp Dungan will be at the Town Council meeting Tuesday, June 5th and he will have Cleco brochures to distribute.
“Cleco prepares year-round for storms, and we encourage our customers to be ready, too.” said James Lass, general manager distribution operations and emergency management. “Hurricane season can be very unpredictable, but being prepared means you are ready no matter when or where a storm hits.”
Cleco reminds customers of the following tips to prepare and stay safe this hurricane season:
Prepare a storm kit – gather supplies you might need for an outage, including flashlights, batteries, canned food, manual can opener, bottled water, medication and a first aid kit.
Put all important documents in a waterproof container.
Plan ahead for special or medical needs.
If you see downed power lines, treat them as if they are energized. Stay away from lines and any objects they are touching. Report a downed power line immediately by calling Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 and 911 in the case of an emergency.
Don’t plug a generator directly into a wall outlet. A generator can back feed electricity through your home’s electric wiring to the Cleco circuit. This can cause injury or even death to a worker attempting to repair that circuit and anyone else who may come into contact with power lines.
If water is rising near your home or business, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Evacuate and do not return until waters have completely receded. Wait until the water recedes, and have an electrician check the building’s wiring before using electricity.