Prepare you and your family for the hazards of spring
A thunderstorm warning is issued
- Stay tuned to weather
- Remember that lightning
can cause power surges. Unplug appliances before a
- Avoid using the telephone.
Telephone lines can conduct electricity.
- Metal pipes can also
conduct electricity. Stay away from faucets, sinks
Outdoors during and
after the storm
- Treat all downed power
lines as if they were live. Stay clear of the
line and any object touching it.
- Report the downed line
immediately by calling SLECA’s 24-hour consumer
service line at 876-6880 in Houma and 631-3605
in Amelia or call the local police.
- If a line falls on
your car while you are inside, stay put until
help arrives. Do not touch anything outside the
car or try to get out. If you must get out, open
the door and jump clear without touching the
ground and the car at the same time.
Power outages in
- Check fuses and
circuit breakers, then call SLECA to report
the outage. Your call helps SLECA find the
source of the outage.
- Turn off all
appliances but leave one light on. When
power comes back on for an extended period
(10 to15 minutes) turn on your appliances
one at a time.
- Be certain
portable radios, flashlights and fresh
batteries are available.
- Take precautions
for yourself and those around you with
special needs. Plan for medications that
require refrigeration or equipment that
requires electricity. Have a cooler on hand
to ice down medications or contact your
health care provider for assistance.
- Listen to local
radio and television stations for status
reports from SLECA about affected areas and