Power crews prepare for winter weather

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) – The power companies that serve South Mississippi are busy preparing for the snow and sleet expected in our area Thursday and Friday.

Coast Electric Power Association and Singing River Electric Power Association have both activated their Emergency Preparedness Plans. Officials said crews have been assigned to key locations and materials are being loaded on trucks in the event the severe winter weather causes power outages.

"Our crews and employees are ready to respond and will work through the storm to repair outages," said Singing River Electric General Manager and CEO Lee Hedegaard.

Accumulation of winter precipitation could bring down tree limbs causing power outages.

Remember, there are things you can do to prepare your home and family for the winter weather.

  • Gather water, non perishable food items, medications and a first aid kit.
  • Have a battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries on hand.
  • Never touch downed power lines.
  • If you use a portable generator, either connect your appliances directly to it or use a transfer switch. Never connect your generator directly to your home's electrical system without using a properly installed transfer switch. Improper use of generators can cause serious injury to you and electrical line workers. Generators can be dangerous; use them with caution.

Singing River customers can report outages to:

  • 601-947-4211 in George County 228-497-1313
  • 228-392-0041 in Jackson County
  • 601-989-2345 or 601-752-2198 in Greene County
  • 601-788-2824 in Perry County
  • 601-735-3139 in Wayne County

Coast Electric customers can report outages to:

  • 800-624-3348 or 888-7MY-CEPA (877-769-2372)

Mississippi Power customers can report outages to:

  • 800-487-3275

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