(JEFFERSON, Ga., February 16, 2015) Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has activated its Emergency Restoration Plan, based on forecasts from the National Weather Service that indicate winter weather could bring freezing rain or ice to parts of Northeast Georgia.
“Any time there is the potential for accumulation of ice from sleet or freezing rain, we prepare for the possibility of downed power lines, as well as downed trees and tree limbs that fall on power lines,” said Jim Smith, vice president of engineering and operations. “Right now we are watching this situation closely as the forecast continues to change, particularly in the northern parts of Hall and Banks Counties, as well as Lumpkin County. We are ready to respond should the worst occur.”
Smith noted this is to assure supplies have been checked, trucks stocked and gassed, and all cooperative employees are ready for the possibility of power outages.
In the event of an outage, Jackson EMC customers may report outages from their PC or mobile device at the cooperative’s website, www.jacksonemc.com, or by calling 1-800-245-4044, and can track outages on the cooperative’s website Storm Center outage map. Also located in the Storm Center is information on how to prepare for a storm, electrical safety after the storm and generator safety.
For regular updates during storm outage situations, members can follow Jackson EMC on Facebook or Twitter at www.facebook.com/jacksonemc or www.twitter.com/jacksonemc.