The National Weather Service Little Rock office is forecasting widespread rain over the state for the next few days.

Extreme weather can also cause power outages and downed power lines. Entergy Arkansas prepares year-round for such events and encourages residents to also prepare, according to a news release.

“We monitor the weather 24/7, and when severe weather threatens, we mobilize our crews for outage restoration,” Melanie Taylor, vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas, said. “Everyone should have their own plan in place before severe weather threatens that accounts for all family members, including pets.”

Make a plan, assemble a kit

Residents should be sure to have multiple ways of getting severe weather warnings:

Install a smart phone app that will alert you to severe weather in the area or sign up for emergency alerts on a smart phone.

Have a weather radio with a loud alarm that will wake you when severe weather threatens at night.

Download the free Operation: Storm Ready guide from Entergy’s website. This booklet has a checklist of what a kit should include so you don’t overlook anything important.

Know How to Communicate with Entergy

There are several ways to report outages or downed power lines:

Call 1-800-9OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243);

Check the View Outages map on Entergy’s website or app for outage info and, if available, cause and estimated restoration time;

Download the free Entergy app for Apple or Android to check power at your home or business and to report outages.

Visit the Entergy Storm Center for updates

Register for MyAccountAnywhere to get outage info on your mobile phone and to send and receive texts.

“Despite our best efforts to reduce the likelihood of outages during bad weather, storms can be powerful and unpredictable,” Taylor said. “Be prepared and have everything you need in one central location if you lose power, including a way to notify us of the outage. This will help you be more comfortable and will also instill order and safety while our crews restore service.”

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties.