Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 7:30 P.M.
Due to extremely dangerous conditions, we have been forced to suspend power restoration for the time being. Conditions are too dangerous for our crews to work in and the risk for personal injury is too high. We will resume power restoration as soon as we safely can.
Click here to watch a hurricane preparedness video with some great information.
What Members Can Do
• Know the location of your emergency supply kit (check the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org for a complete listing of what you should include), the amount of food supply on hand, and the location of insurance policies.
• Make sure we have your correct telephone number on file. If you need to update this phone number, please contact your local EMC office.
• Have a contingency plan in place for persons who depend on electricity. During a major storm, damage may be so widespread that it may be a lengthy process to restore power to all customers. Be sure battery operated back-up or some alternative measures are taken for those who are power dependent.
• Have nonperishable foods on hand that don’t need cooking–like canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, bread and crackers. And don’t forget a manual can opener–otherwise it won’t be of much use!
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain a cold temperature. Each time the door is opened, a significant amount of refrigeration is lost.
• Have flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and extra batteries, too. If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or other large containers for household use, like flushing commodes.
• Remember to charge your cell phone in case phone and power lines go out.
• Get a portable radio or TV with extra batteries for local information and a NOAA Weather Radio for weather warnings. A wind up or battery powered alarm clock might come in handy too. Cordless phones don’t work without power, so have at least one wired phone available.
• Fill your gas tank before a storm arrives, as gas pumps do not work if electricity is out. Automatic teller machines will also shut down if the power fails, so have cash on hand.
To report a power outage, call one of these numbers: 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. This feeds your information directly into our outage management system. Please make a note of these numbers and keep them handy.
Once an outage has been reported, you may then access current outage information on our website homepage www.amicalolaemc.com or by downloading our mobile app. While we will post on social media as we have available information, please do not use our social media sites to post outages, as they are not monitored full time.
Please use extreme caution and be safe during the next couple of days, as we expect high winds and heavy rain across our service area. In the event of downed power lines, never go near a downed line and always assume they are still energized. Our sincere wish is for the safety and well being of all our members as well as all our employees. We will keep safety as our top priority and when outages do occur, we will restore them as soon as is safely possible.
Ahead of heavy rains, strong winds and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov Nathan Deal today expanded the emergency declaration to include all counties. Please visit the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency website at gema.ga.gov for more information.
Amicalola EMC and EMCs across the state are busy making preparations, but rest assured that emergency planning began long before this. Please remember to stay away from any downed power lines. Stay safe to stay clear!
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Find more information at www.ready.gov