Walton EMC urges preparation for impact of strong hurricane
Walton Electric Membership Corporation’s 10-county service area is a long way from the coast, but the possibility of significant impacts from Hurricane Irma is growing.
In a briefing today, Meteorologist Jason Deese of the National Weather Service in Atlanta warned that whether Irma goes east, west or straight up the spine of Florida, Georgia is going to experience strong winds. Strong winds coupled with saturated soils will cause large numbers of trees to topple.
Have a contingency plan in place for patients who have a medical necessity for electricity. This can include backup power, extra supplies or an alternate location until the outage is over.
Secure flashlights, batterypowered lanterns and extra batteries. Avoid light sources that require a flame or fire.
If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or large containers for household use, like flushing toilets. Stock up on drinking water. If you have livestock or poultry, secure a standby generator.
If you’re on a community water system, listen for advisories to boil water if water treatment plants are affected.
Have a licensed electrician properly install a backup generator. Obtain a fuel supply to run it. Buy an external power pack or car charger for your phone and an extra battery for your laptop. Power inverters allow you to run your laptop from a car’s cigarette lighter.
Nonperishable foods that don’t need cooking are ideal, like canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, trail mix, bread and crackers. Don’t forget a manual can opener.
Get a portable radio with extra batteries for local information and a NOAA Weather Radio for weather warnings.
Have adequate supplies of prescription drugs and a first aid kit on hand.
Have some extra cash.
For background information on power outages and the status of outages, log on to waltonemc.com and click on “Storm Center.”