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Electric Membership Corporations In Georgia Brace For Winter Storm

TUCKER, Ga., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia are bracing for the probability of a second significant winter storm this season. Georgia Transmission Corporation and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation have activated their Disaster Response Center today and are on stand-by to respond quickly to any outages from the anticipated snow/ice storm.

Officials are closely monitoring weather conditions and have a variety of contingency plans in place to address problems associated with snow accumulation, ice forming on tree limbs and power lines which can cause damage and outages to the transmission and distribution system. 

The EMCs have employees and contract crews preparing trucks with emergency equipment and necessary materials, should the weather become severe. Additionally, the electric cooperatives, which could be hardest hit, have called upon Georgia EMC to contact other EMCs to provide help and support, should it be required.

EMCs are stocked with poles, wire, connectors, transformers and other supplies frequently used in the restoration process. Vendors have been contacted to be on standby in case additional materials are needed.

EMC employees are on a heightened state of readiness and prepared to react immediately to any power outages.

Customers should contact their local EMC to report any power outages and can obtain storm updates through their local EMC web site.

In addition, EMCs are encouraging customers to make the following preparations as well:

  • Have non-perishable foods on hand such as canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, bread and crackers.
  • Have a manual can opener.
  • Have blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothes, including hats.
  • Have flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and extra batteries.
  • For those with fireplaces, be sure to have kindling and a good supply of wood.
  • For those who will be using a generator, follow manufacturer's operating instructions and follow all safety guidelines to protect utility employees from serious or fatal injuries.

Georgia EMC is a statewide trade association representing the state's 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp., and Georgia System Operations Corp. Through this statewide network, the 41 customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to more than four million people, half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area.

GTC is a not-for-profit cooperative, providing electric transmission service to 38 electric membership cooperatives throughout Georgia. It owns more than $2 billion in assets, including more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 600 substations across the state.  

SOURCE Georgia Transmission Corporation

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