EMEPA prepares for extreme cold temperatures

The coldest winter temperatures in 20 years are forecast for East Mississippi Electric Power Association’s service area.

The coldest winter temperatures in 20 years are forecast for East Mississippi Electric Power Association’s service area. EMEPA members are encouraged to take the proper precautions in order to prepare for the possibility of severe winter weather. Winter weather can be very hazardous, and we encourage all members to take the proper safety precautions.

When using emergency heating equipment and kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes and always refuel outside the home. Vehicles should be fueled and in good repair with adequate antifreeze. Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets in unheated areas to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.  EMEPA also encourages members to check on neighbors, friends and family during extreme winter conditions. And remember to provide pets with a warm place to take shelter from the extreme cold.

EMEPA personnel have reviewed and checked devices and equipment in preparation for the cold temperatures, which will result in a significant load increase to the system. EMEPA wholesale power supplier transmission systems are in good shape and ready to handle the added load with no critical load situations expected. However, anything mechanical or electrical can fail, and EMEPA is prepared with employees on standby and equipment and materials on hand to repair any damage to the system.

During outages, EMEPA works to restore power as quickly and safely as possible; however, members with health conditions requiring life-support equipment should make necessary arrangements in case of a prolonged power outage. Portable generators are very useful during extended power outages; however, EMEPA reminds members to use proper safety when connecting portable generators and do not plug generators directly into the home.

“Power outages due to extreme winter weather conditions are unpleasant and dangerous, but we have knowledgeable and experienced employees working diligently to prevent outages and restore power in such situations,” said EMEPA General Manager Wayne Henson.

Extreme winter conditions also serve as a reminder of the importance of wise energy efficiency habits, such as opening shades during the day to catch heat from the sun, but close shades at night to keep heat in. Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely; in just one hour, these fans can pull out a house full of warmed air. Find more winter weather energy efficiency tips at emepa.com.

“We encourage members to use the power they need to stay safe and warm, but need what you use,” said Henson.

For more safety and energy efficiency information, visit www.emepa.com. To report an outage or downed power line, call EMEPA at 601-581-8600.


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