NEW ROADS - Every year at this time people in south Louisiana brace themselves for another potentially destructive hurricane season. 

The 2014 hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30.

“Since we cannot stop hurricanes the only thing we can do is work on being better prepared and know what to do in case one hits,” manager of Pointe Coupee Electric Membership Corporation Joseph H. “Jodie” Cotten said,

During a storm, the cooperative line crews work 16 hour days to restore power to customers affected by storms. While line workers labor diligently outdoors to restore power as quickly as possible, many other employees are working indoors, answering telephones and responding to customer inquiries and concerns. 

In advance, Pointe Coupee Electric thanks it members for their patience and understanding during outages and assures them that:

• the phones at the co-op office are staffed 24 hours a day during emergencies.

• the phones are never taken off the hook.  If you are experiencing a busy signal, it is due to a high volume of calls.

• the cooperative communicates regularly with local newspapers and radio, sharing with them the location of outages and estimated times of service restoration. 

“Pointe Coupee Electric is committed to supplying its members with dependable and safe service in all kinds of weather,”Cotten said. “A hurricane is not a pleasant experience. Yet, staying safe and calm can make it an easier one.”

Pointe Coupee Electric is your electric cooperative serving areas of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes. 

We currently have storm preparedness brochures, hurricane tracking charts and guidelines for safely operating a portable generator available at our office at 2506 False River Drive in New Roads. 

Please stop by Monday-Friday between 8 a.m and 4:30 p.m. to pick up these helpful brochures. You can also find this information on our website at www.pcemc.org.