Prepare for Winter Storms
When temperatures drop and winter storms hit, heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines. During a power outage, Jackson EMC crews will work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare for winter storms.
- Use generators only outside of buildings and away from windows. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using a generator.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Gather warm clothing, blankets or sleeping bags, along with sturdy shoes.
- Use an AM/FM radio or NOAA weather radio to hear news updates on winter storm conditions. Be sure to have extra batteries.
- Charge cell phones and tablets prior to a winter storm hitting. Stay connected to loved ones via text messaging or phone calls.
- Plan to check on neighbors and loved ones to ensure they are safe in extreme winter weather conditions.
Stay Fed and Healthy
- Prepare at least a three-day supply of food in your household that doesn’t require cooking. Canned goods, cereal, crackers and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person per day should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.
- Ensure you have enough medication, including prescription medication, for at least three days or more. If your medication requires refrigeration or you have medical equipment that requires electricity, create a backup plan in the event of an extended power outage.
- Pack an emergency supply kit in your vehicle that includes a cell phone charger, first-aid kit, jumper cables, flares, water, snacks, flashlight, blanket, shovel, gloves, boots, warm clothing and ice scraper. In extreme winter conditions, avoid driving on roads unless it’s necessary.
- Prepare your vehicle for cold temperatures by having a mechanic check its antifreeze levels, battery, brakes, exhaust system, filters, lights, oil, windshield wipers and tires.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is live and stay as far away as possible. If the line is down in an area that posses an immediate risk, call 911 and report downed lines to Jackson EMC at 1-800-245-4044.