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What If My Power Goes Out….

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Posted:  February 11, 2014  //  No comments

It’s coming again, a snow storm is headed for ATLANTA. Mayor Reed and Governor Deal plan to do better by us this time around, the plows are ready to go, they have even taken advice from northern states such as Michigan, New York, Ohio and Illinois.

But how can YOU be prepared for the dreaded …. LOSS OF POWER

Georgia Power has stated that they plan to bring in extra trucks and crew workers to help with the metropolitan area but there is no guarantee that our power will remain on during this ice storm. First thing you want to do is report your outage immediately so someone can begin working on it!

Report a Power Outage

1-888-891-0938
24hrs/7 days
or
http://www.georgiapower.com/residential/outage/

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1 Make sure your mobile devices, laptops, cellphones are all charged up. It helps if you have at least one phone in your home that is not cordless, if you however have a VOIP phone, which I found out during our last power outage I have, even though I did not ask AT&T for it, you will be without a house phone during a power outage, unless they have brought you a large grey battery backup that sits next to your router during a loss of power. This usually keeps your phone working for only 4 hours – even though it charges off of your electricity supply constantly.

2- Flashlight Check? Do you have batteries for your flashlights & back up batteries?

3- Fill Up the Gas Tank – Don’t leave your car on E, during a deep freeze, the more gas in the tank the better.

4- Keep a blanket in your car – always, I keep one in winter/summer months, just out of habit.

5- If you have a fire place, firewood would be helpful! To stay warm in a small apartment, home or condo however, make sure you try and cover up all drafty areas, place a time at the base of the door if you know cold air tends to seep in there, and bundle up, I don’t suggest staying in a home with no heat, but I’ve survived one night of it, with several blankets, sleeping in a pair of jogging pants on top of yoga pants and 2 pairs of socks, a tank top, t-shirt and sweatshirt over it all! 

6- What Do You Have to Eat in Case the Power Goes out?  That milk everyone is rushing to get may be no good once the fridge’s power goes out… Let’s try to think about items like crackers, fruit, PBJ’s, bread, these are items that can survive a power outage and you don’t have to cook them to eat them. Make sure you have lots of BOTTLED WATER, keep some in your car too!

Food Safety Guidelines from the CDC ::

  • If the power is out for less than 4 hours, then the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume.
  • While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold for longer.

If the power is out for longer than 4 hours, follow the guidelines below:

For the Freezer section: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.

For the Refrigerated section: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most important please check on your elderly family members and neighbors, and those that may be disabled, parents with young children and keep your pets indoors as much as possible, make sure they stay warm, hydrated and fed!

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