Wal­ton EMC urges prepa­ra­tion for im­pact of strong hur­ri­cane

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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.

Loved Ones

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.

Light

Se­cure flash­lights, bat­tery­pow­ered lanterns and ex­tra bat­ter­ies. Avoid light sources that re­quire a flame or fire.

Wa­ter

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.

Power

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.

Food

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.

In­for­ma­tion

Get a por­ta­ble ra­dio with ex­tra bat­ter­ies for lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and a NOAA Weather Ra­dio for weather warn­ings.

Med­i­cal

Have ad­e­quate sup­plies of pre­scrip­tion drugs and a first aid kit on hand.

Money

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.”

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