Prepare for Stormy Weather
Severe weather can happen at any time. For Northeast Georgia, winter storms pose the greatest impact as icy weather can cause dangerous conditions. In many cases, weather forecasts can provide some time to prepare for severe winter weather or tropical storms.
By creating a plan now and following it, you can safely prepare for severe weather well in advance.
When should you take steps to prepare for severe weather? Follow this timeline:
- Make a Household Plan
- Decide where to take shelter during an ice storm, tropical storm, hurricane, or tornado. What is your evacuation route? What are your specific household and family needs?
- How to Make a Household Plan: ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Collect Contact Information
- Gather contact information for your family, work, doctor offices and insurance companies in the event you need to contact them during or after a storm.
- Make a Household Emergency Kit
- Stock household essentials to last for at least three days.
- How to Make an Emergency Kit: news.jacksonemc.com/ stormy-weather/
- Put Supplies in Your Vehicle
- Keep basic emergency supplies in your vehicle.
- How to Prepare Your Vehicle: ready.gov/car
- Have a Back-Up Plan
- If you or your loved ones depend on medical equipment that requires electricity, work with your healthcare providers now for a back-up plan in the event of a power outage.
3 Days Prior
- Secure Your Property
- Bring in any outdoor items that may be damaged or cause damage during a storm.
- Prepare for Medical Needs
- Ensure you have medical supplies to last for several days after the storm.
2 Days Prior
- Connect with Loved Ones
- Tell family and friends if you’re in the path of a storm and relay your plans to stay safe.
- Prepare Your Vehicle
- Keep your gas tank at least half full. Ensure your vehicle’s tires and windshield wipers are working properly.
- Fill Containers with Water
- Place in freezer to act as ice to keep food cold in the event of a power outage.
- Stock Non-Perishable Food
- Keep canned goods, peanut butter, granola bars and similar food in your pantry in the event of a power outage.
1 Day Prior
- Charge Cell Phones
- Fully charge phones and tablets, which are helpful for communication before, during and after a storm.
- Bring Pets Indoors
- Provide a secure indoor location with food and water for pets.
- During Ice Storms
- Wear multiple layers of clothing and cover all exposed skin to minimize the risk of frostbite or hypothermia, if you go outside.
- During Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, or Tornadoes
- Remain in a center room of a building to avoid debris caused by excessive winds from the storm.
- Keep Refrigerator and Freezer Doors Closed
- An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours and a full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
- Monitor news reports during storm
- Report Any Power Outages
- Visit outage.jacksonemc.com to report a power outage or call 1-800-245-4044.
- Avoid Downed Power Lines
- Assume any power line on the ground is live. If the line is down in an area that poses an immediate risk, call 911 and report it to Jackson EMC.
- Communicate with Loved Ones
- Tell them you’re okay, or seek emergency assistance if you need help.
- Restock Emergency Supplies
- Add new batteries, canned food and other supplies used from emergency kit.