After the Storm

Status Reports

Listen to local radio stations for status reports from Jackson EMC about affected areas and restoration activities.

Downed Power Lines

Treat all downed lines as if they're carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move them. It's especially important to keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately to Jackson EMC.  If the line is down across a road or in any other location that poses an immediate hazard, call 911. Stay clear of puddles, fences, trees or any other object in contact with a power line.

If a power line falls across a car you're in, stay in the car. If you must leave the car, jump clear so that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

A Simple Test

If you have an answering machine, there's a simple way to find out immediately if your power has been restored.  Call home.  If the answering machine picks up, your power is back on.

Carbon Monoxide

Do not burn charcoal or run any gasoline-powered equipment in an enclosed space. They may produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless poisonous gas.

Fire Hazards

Don't leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.

Food Safety

Don't open refrigerators any more than necessary. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site features tips on keeping food safe during a power outage at Keeping Food Safe During An Emergency.

Voltage Fluctuations

Turn off your heating and air conditioning systems and consider unplugging sensitive electronic appliances such as TVs, VCRs, microwave ovens and home computers. This will protect them against voltage fluctuations that may occur when the power is restored.