Walton EMC waits on impact to local service area before heading out to offer assistance

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Walton EMC officials say that, depending on the track of Hurricane Florence’s remnants, power outages are possible in parts of Walton EMC’s service area. They are urging everyone to “stay vigilant and monitor the path of this record-breaking storm.” Walton EMC crews are being held to see how the storm impacts its grid before traveling to North Carolina to assist Four County EMC.
In the meantime, the company is offering tips on how to prepare for the storm and what to do in the event of outages in the service area. The quickest way to report your outage is by using waltonemc.com or mobile app is the quickest way to notify Walton EMC about an outage. You can also call it in to 770-267-2505. Outage Reporting Link at waltonemc.com. Your can also check the current outages at any time by  going to:

Power Outage Preparation Checklist:

Loved Ones
Have a contingency plan in place for patients who have a medical necessity for electricity. This can include backup power, extra supplies or an alternate location until the outage is over.

Light
Secure flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and extra batteries. Avoid light sources that require a flame or fire.

Water
If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or other large containers for household use, like flushing toilets. Stock up on drinking water. If you have livestock or poultry, secure a stand-by generator to run the well.

If you’re on a community water system, listen for advisories to boil water in case water treatment plants are affected.

Heat
Have blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothes on-hand, including hats. If you have a fireplace, make sure there’s kindling and a good supply of wood. Be extremely careful when using alternate heating sources. Some are not approved for indoor use and could be a fire or carbon monoxide hazard. Make sure your fire extinguisher is charged and working.

Power
Have a licensed electrician properly install a backup generator and obtain a fuel supply to run it. Georgia law requires you to have a properly installed transfer switch. A transfer switch isolates the generator from our lines and eliminates feedback to the electric system. Feedback can electrocute anyone coming in contact with wires your generator has energized. If you don’t have a transfer switch installed, plug appliances directly into the generator using a properly sized extension cord. Buy an external power pack or car charger for your cell phone and an extra battery for your laptop. A power inverter allows you to run your laptop from your car’s cigarette lighter.
View our Generator Guide.

Food
Nonperishable foods that don’t need cooking are ideal, like canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, trail mix, bread and crackers. Don’t forget a manual can opener.

Information
Get a portable radio with extra batteries for local information and a NOAA Weather Radio for weather warnings.

Medical
Have adequate supplies of prescription drugs and a first aid kit on hand.

Money
Have some extra cash.

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