Mississippi is prone to severe storms throughout the year, including hurricanes and tornadoes. Prepare now for these storms by following these easy tips for before and after a storm.
Before the Storm Preparation/Safety Procedures
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations for news about watches, warnings and information from your local electric power association.
- Have your hurricane supply kit ready to go.
- Fill bath tub with extra water.
- Plan an evacuation route if necessary. Contact local authorities for information about evacuation routes and shelters. Leave early. Always let someone out of state know what your evacuation plans are.
- Create an inventory of items in your house. Video or take pictures of your home.
- Gather insurance information and check into flood insurance.
- If it looks as though water may enter your home, it’s a good idea to open the main breaker in your electrical breaker box in order to cut off power.
- Adjust the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings to keep food fresh longer in case you lose power.
- Unplug the electricity and main water valve.
- If you have a swimming pool, turn off all pumps and filters.
- Cover windows.
- Bring outdoor furniture inside.
- Fasten boats securely.
- Elevate furniture to minimize damage in case of flooding.
- Lock your home.
Items to include in a Hurricane Supply Kit
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools
- Paper plates/plastic utensils
- Blankets/pillows, etc.
- First aid kit
- Important documents
After the Storm: Remember Safety First
- Please use common sense – electricity and water do not mix.
- Never attempt to plug in or use an electrical appliance or device while standing in water or on a damp surface.
- If water entered your home, you should have your electrical wiring inspected by a qualified electrician as quickly as possible.
- In cases where electric motors were flooded, they should be thoroughly checked by an electrician or certified repairman before reconnected to a power source.
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed during the time you’re without electric service.
- Treat all downed power lines as energized. Beware of downed lines hidden by debris.
- Report all downed lines immediately.
- Prevent generator back feed. Plug appliances or equipment directly into the generator. Keep the generator in an open area to reduce carbon monoxide emissions.
- Stay tuned to your local TV and radio stations for electric power restoration information.
- Keep up with Southern Pine Electric on Facebook and Twitter.
Winter Storm Preparation
When winter storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving co-op members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.
- Stay warm – Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. 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 CDC recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked handy. Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. 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 1-800-231-5240.
Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, and planning ahead can often be the difference between life and death. Southern Pine is ready and we want you to be ready as well.