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Take Steps to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

When temperatures drop, winter storms that bring snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, which can cause outages. During a power outage, Jackson EMC works to resolve power as quickly as conditions and safety procedures allow. Consider these tips to prepare for winter storms:

  • 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.

In the event of a power outage, you can view or report outages by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com, calling 1-800-245-4044 or by using the MyJacksonEMC website or mobile app.