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Jackson EMC Preparing for Winter Weather

Jackson EMC is closely monitoring the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday, and the potential impact on our area. We are ready to respond, if conditions warrant. Current forecasts indicate a winter weather advisory for Northeast Georgia including the potential for snow, sleet and ice beginning Friday, Dec. 8.

As always, Jackson EMC linemen and contact center staff stand ready to respond to our members when needed.

To prepare for potential hazards, consider the following electrical safety tips:

  • Beware of fallen power lines. If you come upon a fallen power line, assume that it is electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds and telephone lines. Report any downed line to your power company. Report an outage to Jackson EMC at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.
  • Take proper precautions when using a generator if you lose power. Place the generator outside the home, as CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors. Also, never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or “backfeed” can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.
  • Prepare for medical needs, such as having a plan for loved ones who depend on medical equipment that requires electricity. This includes backup power, extra supplies or going to an alternative location until power is restored.
  • A final helpful hint. In the event of a power outage, check your breaker panels before calling your power company. Check both the main breaker on the inside panel and outside disconnect (usually only found on newer homes) located close to your electric meter. If the breaker is tripped, it will be stopped halfway between "off" and "on." Turn the breaker off first and then back on to reset it. If you still have power in part of your home, check the individual breakers in the panel.

A complete list of items to prepare in homes and businesses before the storm is available on the Jackson EMC website at: www.jacksonemc.com/storm-center/storm-preparation.