The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is here and Georgia Power is encouraging customers to be prepared when severe weather strikes. Though the National Weather Service predicts another busy storm season, it only takes one major storm to disrupt daily activities and cause extensive damage to communities.
Being prepared can make the difference in safety during severe weather. Start with these 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 shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity such as appliances, metal objects, and water.
- After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wires, including telephone or TV wires as they might be touching a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.
Use Free Tools from Georgia Power to Stay Safe
- Outage Alerts: Subscribe to the free Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
- Outage & Storm Center: Visit Georgia Power’s Outage & Storm Center, where you can sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check on the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. You can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
- Outage Map: On the Outage & Storm Center page, you can view an interactive Outage Map that provides near real-time information, allowing you to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times. The company will post regular updates with localized estimated restoration times on the Outage Map.
- Georgia Power Mobile App: Download the mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter: Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
As a kick-off to the hurricane season, Georgia Power held a statewide Media Summit at its Atlanta headquarters on June 6, 2018. Members of the media were given an in-depth look at Georgia Power’s storm response plan, interviewed the new Storm Center Operations Manager, David Maske, and toured the Mobile Command Center, Social Media Center and Storm Center. Members of the media were also shown a logistics base camp that would be activated in the event of a storm.
For more information on staying safe during storm season, please visit www.georgiapower.com/storm.