Prepare Now for Icy Weather

It's prime time for ice storms.

Remember last February? We didn't just dodge a bullet; we dodged a cannonball.

Walton EMC plans for disasters and maintains power line right-of-way all year long. But if we get hit like areas to our south did last year -- where the ice buildup measured in inches -- multi-day outages are possible.

If you haven’t already, you should prepare now just in case Mother Nature decides to cast her icy sheen over trees and power lines in our area.

Be prepared for the next stormPay attention to these areas:

Light

  • Use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns. LED models conserve batteries.
  • Have extra batteries.
  • Avoid flames for light sources.

Food

  • Stock up on non-perishable foods that don’t require cooking.
  • Have a manual can opener.
  • Don’t use charcoal indoors.

Water (if you depend on a well)

  • Fill tubs for household use.
  • Fill pitchers and jars for drinking.

Heat

  • Gather heavy clothing, gloves, sock hats, blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Close off one room and stay there.
  • Get wood now if you have a fireplace.

Information

  • Get a battery-powered radio.
  • Get a car- or battery-powered charger for your cellphone.
  • Log on to waltonemc.com to report outages and for updates.

Medical

  • Have a first aid kit.
  • Have a several days’ supply of prescriptions.
  • Make contingency plans for patients who depend on electricity for medical devices. This may include moving the patient to another location.

Generator

  • Operate well away from house and garage to avoid carbon monoxide.
  • Use proper connections to your home’s electric system.