Hurricane preparedness tips from BPD, city, Entergy

NASA image of Hurricane Ike

Rita, Humberto, Ike. Familiar names to all of us in Southeast Texas, names recognized for the damage and destruction these hurricanes brought with them. Are we ready for what may come in 2013?

Entergy Texas says, “Yes!” and is ready to show you why at Operation: Storm Ready, a pre-hurricane season event set to take place from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday, May 29, at the Ford Park Exhibition Hall in Beaumont.

Entergy Texas has partnered with a variety of local governmental, emergency and social service agencies to provide interesting displays and activities related to storm response. Those attending will have the rare opportunity to see the kinds of equipment used during storm restoration. But there are 13 other wide-ranging exhibits as well. Those include the National Weather Service, the Coast Guard and a number of other agencies.

The Port Arthur Mobile Command Center will be on display while the Jefferson County sheriff’s department will get to show off its department helicopter and boat. The Beaumont Chapter, American Red Cross, will have its emergency response vehicle on hand and, just in case you haven''t had the opportunity to do a good deed lately, LifeShare Blood Centers will have their bus available for potential donors.

“Bringing Southeast Texas back to normal after a storm is never a one-man show for any organization,” explained Todd Dunkleberger, regional customer service manager for Entergy Texas and master of ceremonies for Operation: Storm Ready. “We are very pleased to be able to bring in so many of our partners. This will give all of us the chance to talk to our friends and neighbors in Southeast Texas about what it means to prepare and be ready for a storm.”

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The Entergy event come during Hurricane Preparedness week May 26 to June 1

The City of Beaumont Emergency Management Team would like to remind you to have preparations made in advance, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department. You can register your cell phone for emergency alerts by calling 3-1-1. If you are going to need transportation or assistance in the event of an evacuation, register with 2-1-1. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again. If you have moved, please update your information or let the operators know you will no longer need assistance. For more information on Hurricane Preparedness and evacuation information go to

Talk with your family about your plans. Being prepared will help alleviate confusion and minimize the sense of panic or helplessness during an emergency. Make  “ready bags” or “comfort kits,” and let your children help.

“We pray for a non-eventful 2013 hurricane season, but together we can get prepared and minimize loss of life and property,” the release read.