Pointe Coupee Electric: Prepare an emergency kit for severe weather

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

NEW ROADS - Every year at this time people in south Louisiana brace themselves for another potentially destructive hurricane season. The 2013 hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30. Joseph H. "Jodie" Cotten, general manager of Pointe Coupee Electric, said, "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."

Pointe Coupee Electric works hard to keep power on for its members, but severe weather can sometimes put us in the dark. You will be safer and less inconvenienced if you have the following emergency supplies on hand: flashlight with fresh batteries, candles and holders, matches, firewood and kindling, charcoal grill with charcoal, lighter, non-perishable food, radio with fresh batteries, blankets, wind-up clock, paper plates and plastic utensils, bottle water, extra batteries

The above listed are the very basic items you will need. For a more complete list of items for a storm survival kit, Cotten invites you to stop by Pointe Coupee Electric to pick up a storm watch brochure.

Pointe Coupee Electric is your electric cooperative serving areas of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes. The cooperative currently has storm preparedness brochures, hurricane tracking charts and portable generator safety guidelines available at their 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. The brochures may also be found on our website at www.pcemc.org.