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Brace Yourself for Severe Winter Weather

When winter storms strike with ice and very cold temperatures, the possibility of power outages increases. During a power outage, Jackson EMC works to restore power as quickly as conditions and safety procedures allow.

You can take these steps to prepare for winter storms:

Know Your Medical Needs: Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. 

Food Supplies: Keep a three-day supply of food and water for each person in your household. 

Food Storage: If you lose power, keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Refrigerators keep food cold for about four hours and full freezers keeps the temperature for about 48 hours. 

Extra Supplies: Make sure you have extra batteries on hand, and a portable charger or power bank to charge your phone for communication with loved ones.

Stay safe by:

• Staying away from downed lines. 
• Placing a generator only outdoors and away from windows. 
• Avoiding using a gas stove or oven to heat your home. 
• Disconnecting appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

For more information, visit jacksonemc.com/storm