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Jackson EMC Preparing for Freezing Weather

Georgia is expected to see some of the lowest temperatures in five years this week, according to the National Weather Service. A wind chill watch is in effect for the areas served by Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) with temperatures projected to drop into negative single digits across north and central Georgia Thursday night through Saturday. Jackson EMC is closely monitoring the projected forecast and is ready to respond if necessary. 

While the current weather forecast does not call for significant winter precipitation in our service area, extreme temperatures and high winds can cause a threat to lines that deliver power to homes and businesses. Members are urged to be prepared in the event they experience an interruption of service. 

Before starting your holiday weekend plans, be sure to have your storm kit ready just in case. As a reminder, good winter storm kits include water, a flashlight, batteries, weather radio, blankets, waterproof outerwear, insulated clothing, a warm hat, gloves and shoes with good traction. You can learn more about winter weather preparation at jacksonemc.com/storm.  

To prepare for hazards present during and after the extreme cold, consider the following electrical safety tips:  

  • Beware of fallen power lines. If you come upon a fallen power line, assume 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 dangerous carbon monoxide 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. More information on generator safety is available at https://www.jacksonemc.com/safety/information-and-tips/generator-safety.  
  • 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 medical supplies and medication, or going to an alternative location until the storm is over.  


  • Report Outages - Jackson EMC members should report outages by calling 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com  
  • Outage Map - Available in the Storm Center, the Outage Map provides real-time information on outages. jacksonemc.com/storm  
  • Storm Preparation - A complete list of items to prepare in homes and businesses before the storm is available at jacksonemc.com/prepare  
  • Jackson EMC on social media. Follow @JacksonEMC on Twitter for storm tips and outage updates, or like us on Facebook. 

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 250,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.