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Cleco reminds customers to prepare for hurricane season

PINEVILLE, La. – June 1, 2018 – Today, Cleco is recognizing the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season by encouraging customers to prepare. 

“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.

Cleco also will be attending city council meetings across its service territory offering customers and first responders safety tips, as well as information on how Cleco prepares for storms.  The Cleco team also will distribute severe weather safety brochures and flashlights to those in attendance.

 

The informational sessions will take place at the following city council meetings:

 

Monday, June 11

Mansfield City Hall

4:30 p.m.; 705 Polk Street (across from the Post Office)

Tuesday, June 6

Crowley City Hall

4:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor in Council Chambers of Criminal Justice Building, 426 North Avenue F (corner of Avenue F and 5th Street)

Tuesday, June 12

Pineville City Hall

6:00 p.m.; 910 Main Street

Tuesday, June 19

New Iberia City Hall

5:30 p.m.; City Hall Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall, 457 E. Main Street

Wednesday, July 11

Madisonville

7:00 p.m.; 403 St. Francis Street

 

More safety and storm preparedness tips can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClecoPower and online at Cleco.com.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com. 

Media Contact:

Jennifer Cahill

318-484-7411



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