ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – When preparing for inclement weather Georgia Power shares information with first responders on what to do during storms.
First responders from across the Peach State are getting a tour of Georgia Power’s Storm Center. As a partnership, it’s important to come together and shake hands when it’s sunny, versus waiting for clouds to start rolling in.
“If you don’t have power to watch the T.V news, if you don’t have power to charge your computer and laptops you can’t get that information so we can’t communicate to you if there’s no way for you to receive that message,” Macon-Bibb EMA Director Spencer Hawkins said.
Macon-Bibb County’s first responders and emergency management team took away a lot from Georgia Power’s tour.
“Social Media Center, the Storm Operation Center, the Mobile Command Center, they’re prepared and ready to go. That’s one less thing we have to worry about. We know what their capabilities are, they know what our capabilities are so we can work intandem, as a partnership, before, during, and after all these storms,” he said.
Georgia Power gave 41NBC News a look into its Social Media Center, Storm Center, and Mobile Command Center. The Mobile Command Center is a Storm Center on wheels, allowing Georgia Power to have leadership in the field where damage is.
Being tech savvy is key, according to Regional External Affairs Manager for Georgia Power Theresa Robinson.
“Keep up with all of our generations that are on social media and just using those technology tools to get information out and around the state. We got to be there, we got to be at the table when it comes to technology,” Robinson said.
Robinson and Hawkins agree, they reach a lot of people via social media when clouds start rumbling. Staying up-to-date and constantly updating is key.
“Social media is critical and anything that we can do to share that safety information about what’s going on with whatever particular disaster we’re dealing with, how to report damages, how to stay safe, we’re going to utilize that,” Hawkins said.
Keeping first responders and customers educated on Georgia Power’s response systems helps everyone communicate effectively.