Prepare for severe weather

Prepare for severe weather

Lineman in bucket truck fixing power lines

Cobb EMC works around the clock when to responding to outages. When severe weather is expected, our trucks are stocked and our crews are ready to mobilize if an outage occurs. Here are some ways to help you prepare for severe weather and power outages:

Before a power outage...

  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit stocked, including flashlights, batteries, cash, supplies and non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
  • Buy ice or freeze water-filled containers to help keep food cold during an outage.
  • Make sure you have a backup source of power to charge anything battery-operated or power dependent, like a medical device or your cell phone.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Store copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, medical information) together in one easy-to-find, secure place.

During a power outage...

  • Never use a generator, grill or camp stove inside your home, garage or inside any enclosed space. These devices can release carbon monoxide, a poisonous and sometimes fatal gas.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside.
  • Use flashlights for lighting instead of candles. Candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.

When the power comes back on...

  • Throw away food that has spoiled or was exposed to temperatures higher than 40 degrees for two hours or more, or food that has an unusual odor or texture.
  • Restock your emergency kit.

You can report an outage with the Cobb EMC app or by calling us at (770) 429-2100 or by going to our Outage and Storm Center. You can also monitor current outages and estimated restoration times by using our outage map.

 

Sources: Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross

 

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