At Mississippi Power, safety is our number one priority.
As the company continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Nate as it moves toward the northern Gulf Coast, we’re reminding customers to also stay safe before, during and after the storm with these safety tips:
Before the storm
- Charge your cell phone and all other electronic devices.
- Build an emergency kit, including enough food, water and clothing to last for at least 72 hours. Include any medications that might be needed.
- Turn your air conditioning down to cool your house. If you keep the doors and windows closed after the storm you can keep your house relatively cool for about 48 hours after the storm.
- Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for washing and flushing toilets.
- Leave a porch light switched on so that utility crews will be able to determine immediately the success of specific repairs.
During the storm
If severe weather is in your area:
- Listen to the TV or radio for information.
- Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
If you are unable to evacuate during a storm:
- Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
After the storm
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Any power line could be ‘hot’, or energized. You can’t tell by just looking. Report downed lines immediately to Mississippi Power at 1.800.532.1502.
- Don’t attempt to repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this potentially dangerous work.
- If your power is off, turn off large appliances and air conditioners and wait 10 to 15 minutes after power has been restored before turning them back on.
- Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Well-filled freezers keep most foods frozen two to three days if the door is kept closed.
- Continue listening to local news for the latest updates.
Mississippi Power customers can monitor the status of an outage from their smart phone, tablet or computer by visiting the company’s online outage map.
Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.