Monday July 22nd, 2024 12:29PM

Jackson EMC prepares for possible severe weather

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter

Jackson EMC announced it is preparing for the impact of potentially strong storms in the area Friday. 

A press release from the corporation said recent forecast updates indicate that the area could experience thunderstorms and strong winds.

With the possibility of power outages Jackson EMC linemen and contact center team members stand ready to respond when needed.  

To prepare for hazards present during and after the winter storm, Jackson EMC says to consider the following electrical safety tips: 

  • Beware of fallen power lines.  If you come upon a fallen power line, assume it is electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds and telephone lines. Report any downed line to your power company.                  

  • Report an outage to Jackson EMC at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.                 

  • Take proper precautions when using a generator if you lose power. Place the generator outside the home, as dangerous carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.

  • Also, never connect generators to another power source, such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or “backfeed” can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.  More information on generator safety is available at https://www.jacksonemc.com/safety/information-and-tips/generator-safety.                   

  • Prepare for medical needs, such as having a plan for loved ones who depend on medical equipment that requires electricity. This includes backup power, extra medical supplies and medication, or going to an alternative location until the storm is over.                      

  • A final helpful hint. In the event of a power outage, check your breaker panels before calling your power company. Check both the main breaker on the inside panel and outside disconnect (usually only found in newer homes) located close to your electric meter. If the breaker is tripped, it will be stopped halfway between "off" and "on." Turn the breaker off first and then back on to reset it. If you still have power in part of your home, check the individual breakers in the panel.     

For more information about storm preparation, to report outages and for a listing of current outages visit: jacksonemc.com/storm.     

Jackson EMC members should report outages by calling 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com

A link to view the Jackson EMC outage map can be found here.

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