ATLANTA - Georgia Power has prepared for Hurricane Irma by mobilizing 3,400 personnel to respond to damage caused by the storm.
The company expects extensive damage due to high winds and fallen trees, and they are advising customers to prepare for extended power outages.
All of Georgia Power’s resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.
Once the storm leaves affected areas, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area.
As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored.
While the company has contacted and requested aid through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida first before traveling to Georgia.
Tips from Georgia Power to prepare before the storm:
• Note the location of power lines and poles. This makes it easier to know where downed power lines may be possible following the storm. Also, ensure that curbsides and yards are clear to allow quick repair and restoration following the storm.
• Protect electronics and appliances. Turn off air conditioners since power surges can overload them, unplug all electronics such as DVD players, televisions and computers, and move any appliances or electronics that may be located in flood-prone areas of your home.
• Secure any outdoor items that could be moved by high winds and cause damage. Move patio furniture inside where possible.
• Charge all necessary electronics, including cell phones and tablets, so you can stay connected even if the power is out. Know how to adjust the settings on mobile devices to maximize battery life and use power banks if available.
• Build or check your emergency supply kit. Consider providing an additional emergency supply kit for elderly family members or friends who may not have one.