Prepare Your Home for a Storm
Follow these steps to prepare for when a storm hits:
- Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed - you can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
- Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
- Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two or three days in a well-filled freezer.
- Leave a porch or front light on. This helps our crews know when repair work is successful.
- Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored to avoid overloading circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
- Electric space heaters
- Washers and dryers
- Microwave ovens
- Refrigerators and freezers
- If your meter box (or the pole on top of it) is damaged, an electrician must repair it before we are allowed to restore your service.
- If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
- If your entire neighborhood loses power, Georgia Power already knows about it. Please wait 24 hours before calling customer service.
- If your home floods, we may not be allowed to restore electric service until city or county code officials make an inspection.
- Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows. Before neighborhood lines can be repaired, crews must first repair larger lines that bring in power.