Georgia Power offers safety tips ahead of storm season
ATLANTA (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia Power is offering safety tips and storm resources ahead of the storm season.
“March, April and May are typically the most active months for severe thunderstorms,” the company said in a news release Monday. “Though severe weather can happen at any time.”
Georgia Power says it constantly monitors changing weather conditions in the light of storm season.
The company began closely monitoring the potential threat caused by COVID-19 in January, and is taking precautions.
“The company remains prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather, while taking proactive actions. Special distancing and other precautions help protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus,” the release said.
In the field, Georgia Power’s power restoration process includes these key steps:
- Assessing Conditions – Responding crews – or in major storms, damage assessment teams – work to identify trouble spots and the resources needed to fix them, which could involve coming onto customers’ property. Crews will employ appropriate distancing efforts. Keep children and pets indoors and maintain safe distances from crew members as well.
- Making Repairs – Georgia Power crews focus on repairs that return power to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time.
Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe weather and offers the following storm tips:
- Before a Storm: Stay aware and check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Check your emergency kit, unplug major appliances and charge cell phones in case you lose power.
- During a Storm: Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity – appliances, metal objects and water.
- After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines or enter areas with debris or downed trees. Downed power lines buried in wreckage are an unseen threat.
Customers can subscribe to Georgia Power’s YouTube Storm Channel for the latest safety videos and can connect with Georgia Power on Facebook and Twitter for helpful information every day, including restoration updates during severe weather. Georgia Power offers the following videos, tools and tips to help customers prepare for severe weather:
- Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
- Outage Maps – Customers can follow progress on outages in their town or across the state on the company’s outage map available at www.georgiapower.com/storm online or on the Georgia Power mobile app on your smartphone.
- Build an Emergency Kit – A well-built kit should contain enough supplies to get you and your family through three days without electricity or running water.