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Be Prepared

 

If severe weather is in the forecast, take precautions to assure your safety and comfort. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for inclement weather.

  • Make sure Carroll EMC has your correct telephone number on file. If you need to update this phone number, please contact a Carroll EMC Member Services Representative at 770-832-3552.
  • Place Carroll EMC's Report An Outage phone number, 770-832-3552, option 1, and your Carroll EMC account number in a prominent place for easy reference.
  • Activate contingency plans for patients with a medical necessity for electric power. Have a back-up source for medical devices and a plan to evacuate to a facility that is not affected by the power outage.
  • Keep batteries, flashlights, a first-aid kit, and a battery-powered radio or TV in your home.
  • Keep a supply of canned or dry food on hand along with a manual can opener and one gallon of drinking water per person per day in case water isn't available.
  • If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or other large containers for household use, like flushing commodes.
  • Remember to charge your mobile phone in case phone and power lines go out.
  • Fill your gas tank before a storm arrives, as gas pumps do not work if electricity is out. Automatic teller machines will also shut down if the power fails, so have cash on hand.
  • Check the fluid and tire air levels in your vehicle.
  • Make sure your children understand the danger of downed power lines. Have them visit Kids Energy Zone for fun and informative safety lessons.
  • Wear shoes and have a "go kit" of extra clothes and personal items in case you have to evacuate.
  • Secure valuable papers and electronics in waterproof containers or plastic bags.
  • Make sure you have several days' worth of medications in case pharmacies are closed. If your medications require refrigeration, have a backup plan to keep them cool if the power goes out.
  • Unplug electronic devices in your home such as TVs, computers, etc. to protect them in case of a power surge.


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