Stay Safe During An Outage And Around Power Lines
During a Storm
Summer Storms can be fascinating to watch, but can also be very dangerous to communities and linemen. When lightening is present, stay away from trees and playgrounds, and if you see any fallen power lines or trees near power lines, contact Fulton County REMC.
If my power goes out, what is the first thing I should do?
Check your breaker. If you still have an outage, please call our office at 574-223-3156 and tell us your map location number during the hours of 7:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Any other time please the after hours emergency number at 1-800-286-2265.
If your lights go off during a storm, be prepared for the power outage. Assemble supplies to have on hand rather than rushing around when the storm is coming and waiting in long lines for milk or bread. Rotate your supplies to keep them fresh and use the following checklist to prepare for power outages:
Have Plenty of Food
- Keep a 3- to 5-day supply of drinking water in plastic bottles. Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day.
- Store a manual can opener with enough nonperishable foods for 3 to 5 days. Canned meats, tuna fish and peanut butter are good foods to store. Don’t forget pet foods!
- Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Have a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking.
Stay In Touch
- Have a portable,battery-powered radio and alarm clock.
- Have one non-portable phone that will work even if power is interrupted.
- Plan where to meet and how to communicate with family members if separated.
Keep essential family member contact information near your phone, in your wallet, and in your glove compartment.
After a storm:
- Never touch any downed wire – it can kill. Telephone or cable TV wires that touch a power line can be deadly. Call the office to report the location of any downed line to Fulton County REMC. You can also contact local authorities or 911.
- Never try to make your own electrical repairs. Let our crews do dangerous work.
- Never pull tree limbs off lines yourself.
- Never go into areas with debris or downed trees. Dangerous power lines may be buried in wreckage.
- Never go near chain link fences. Dangerous lines may touch the metal.
- Never step in puddles. They may be electrified.
- Never connect portable generators to your household electrical wiring. Connect only essential appliances – freezers and refrigerators – directly to a generator. Click here for more on using a generator safely.
- Never walk into areas while crews work. If you’re driving near work crews, obey road signs and proceed cautiously.
Keep Things Going
- Keep plenty of gas in your car.
- Keep extra batteries, matches, propane, charcoal and firewood.
Stay Happy, Healthy and Warm
- Coordinate with neighbors for care of the elderly and disabled living alone.
- Maintain a supply of prescriptions, nonprescription drugs, vitamins and special dietary foods.
- Keep sanitary and personal hygiene supplies replenished. Premoistened cleansing towelettes are useful and help conserve water.
- Use plastic trash bags and ties for garbage.
- Put first-aid kits in your home and car.
- Make sure you have cold weather clothing, foul weather gear, blankets and sleeping bags.
- Consider purchasing alternative UL-approved heating devices. For example, a fireplace insert or woodstove will keep the heat in your home instead of up the chimney.
- Use flashlights and other battery-operated lighting instead of candles.
- Keep fire extinguishers fully charged.
- Fill your bathtub with water for bathroom use before the storm (if you have a well).
Check to see current weather conditions.