CEMC Wants You to Be Prepared
February 16th, 2015
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., - February 16, 2015-All Central Electric employees are on standby, ready to serve our members and communities should massive power outages occur. Yet in the meantime, Central EMC encourages those in the Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, and Randolph County areas to be proactive by following these tips:
- Gather a group of flashlights and check the batteries.
- If you have battery operated radio or television, make sure they are working properly.
- Charge your cell and or cordless landlines now so they’re at full battery should you lose power.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. This way it will take longer for foods to spoil, if you end up in the dark.
- During an outage don’t open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can last up to 24 hours if kept cold.
- Stock up on drinking water and if you are on a well gather water for the bathroom and cooking also.
- If you have an electric garage door, make sure you know how to open it manually.
- Have tons of blankets on hand should you need them.
- Fill up your gas tanks.
- Put kitty litter under your tires to create traction should an emergency require you to go somewhere.
- Only use charcoal grills and portable generators outdoors. They create carbon monoxide and can be deadly if used incorrectly.
Keep in mind though that during wide-spread outages, it is possible your internet and wireless network service may not work regardless of your battery life. Also unplug all your large appliances during an outage to prevent a power surge, when electricity returns; and should you see downed power line, report it immediately to your local cooperative, power utility or 911. Under no circumstances should anyone approach or drive over a fallen power line.
Please let us know if you’re in the dark, call 1-877-766-6769. Wait times may be longer than usual due to high call volumes. Plus once you call, keep up with our progress through the website, www.cemcpower.com . You’ll find Central’s Outage Viewer option on the homepage. Just click on Outage Center.