Company brings in 500 additional workers to respond to latest winter storm
JACKSON, Miss. – The third winter storm in as many weeks has Entergy
Mississippi, Inc. crews standing by again, ready to take action should tonight’s
forecasted winter storm cause damage to the electrical system.
Forecasts call for up to 1/2-inch accumulation of ice from Tunica down to
north of Cleveland, and up to ¼-inch of ice from Greenville over to Grenada.
Thunderstorms and freezing rain are expected in central Mississippi and our
southern Mississippi service area, with slick and icy roads statewide on
“Our workers are mobilized, ready to respond and prepared to restore power as
quickly and safely as possible should we have a lot of damage,” said Robbin
Jeter, Entergy Mississippi vice president of customer service. “Hopefully, we
Entergy workers have laid in supplies, topped off fuel tanks and, in some
cases, packed to be on the road for several days.
In addition to the Entergy Mississippi linemen and support staff, the company
has requested 400 contracted linemen and vegetation workers, and about 100
scouts to arrive in areas expected to be hit Wednesday evening. Scouts are the
first out after a storm -- they assess the damage and note what type of
equipment and how many workers will be required to restore an
outage. After they make their assessment, repair crews are dispatched to the
Entergy encourages its customers to prepare for the storm as well:
o Above all, stay safe. A personal plan for you and your family is the best
way to stay safe and be storm ready.
o Visit the Entergy Storm Center website for details on how to prepare for
o A kit of basic emergency supplies and a first aid kit are smart ways you can
prepare for severe weather.
As you make your own plans, Entergy will keep you informed throughout about
our response. Here is how you can get information.
o Download our free app for your smartphone at
o Sign up for text alerts. From your cellphone, text REG to 368374.
o Visit the Entergy Storm Center website and our View Outages page.
o Follow us on Twitter.com/entergy or Facebook.com/entergy.
o Call us at 800-9OUTAGE (800-968-8243) to report outages and downed power
o Follow updates in your local news media.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 442,000
customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy
Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power
production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power
plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity,
including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the
nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million
utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has
annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.