NGEMC is closely monitoring the winter weather advisory currently in effect for Northwest Georgia. The forecast calls for the possibility of snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures which creates the potential for power outages. NGEMC crews are ready to respond to outages through the night and will work until all power is restored. We care about your safety and want you to be prepared as well.
- Update and know your account information – Make sure your phone numbers and other account information is up-to-date. Know your NGEMC account and login information and have it ready so you can report outages online or with the My NGEMC Account mobile app.
- Stay informed – View our power outage map and other information using our Outage Center. If you rely on medical equipment, have a contingency plan, such as a backup generator that is properly installed and a way to contact family, friends and emergency providers.
- Stay warm – Plan to use a safe alternative heating source, such as a fireplace, vented gas logs, or a vented wood-burning stove during a power outage. Exercise caution when using emergency heaters and never leave the heating source unattended. Remember that fuel and wood-burning sources of heat should always be properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.
- Stay fed – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked. Crackers, cereal, peanut butter, canned goods and bread are good options. Make sure you have a manual can opener. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.
- Stay safe – When an outage occurs, it usually means power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible and report the situation to our dispatchers by calling one of our local offices.
Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, and planning ahead can often be the difference between life and death. NGEMC is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too. For more winter safety tips, visit our outage center.