Georgia Power prepared for possible severe weather Friday

ATLANTA, Dec. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power is actively monitoring changing weather conditions and the company is offering important safety tips and storm resources as storms are predicted to impact the state New Year's Day.

Due to the potential of heavy rain and saturated soil the storms are likely to bring down trees that could cause outages. Customers are encouraged to use this time to prepare and keep safety in mind.

As severe weather can happen at any time of year, the company offers the following storm tips:

    --  Before a Storm:  Know your risks of flooding. Check your emergency kit,
        unplug major appliances and charge cell phones in case you lose power.
    --  During a Storm: Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from
        windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity -
        appliances, metal objects and water.
    --  After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including
        telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off
        of power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as
        downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.

Tools You Can Use to Prepare for Severe Weather Year-round

    --  @GeorgiaPower on Twitter - Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm
        tips, outage updates and more.
    --  Outage Alerts - Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service
        to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
    --  Outage & Storm Center - Available at,
        customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and
        check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and
        information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24
        hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
    --  Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's
        interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing
        users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track
        estimated restoration times.
    --  Georgia Power Mobile App - Download the Georgia Power mobile app for
        Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the
    --  Emergency Plan and Kit - Visit the Georgia Power storm page for
        information on how to build a family emergency plan and emergency supply

Storm Response Pandemic Preparations
Georgia Power constantly monitors changing weather conditions and is prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather while taking proactive actions including special "distancing" and other precautions to help protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus.

The company's investments in Smart Grid technology and increased automation in recent years mean an increased ability to more quickly isolate outages to smaller numbers of customers and reroute power remotely for improved reliability. In addition, the company's comprehensive pandemic plans help ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy customers expect and deserve.

In the field, the power restoration process includes these key steps:

    --  Assessing Conditions - Responding crews - or in major storms, damage
        assessment teams - work to identify trouble spots and the resources
        needed to fix them, which could involve coming onto customers' property.
        Crews will employ appropriate distancing efforts and customers are asked
        to keep children and pets indoors and maintain safe distances from crew
        members as well.
    --  Making Repairs - Georgia Power crews focus on repairs that return power
        to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time.

Ways you can help keep workers safe while they work in the field:

    --  If you see utility crews, please stay back a minimum of six feet - much
        more if they are working.
    --  Please, no cookies or treats for workers during this time. Give a wave
        or thumbs up to workers you see. They'll understand your gratitude as
        they work to keep the lights on.
    --  Don't touch utility trucks or equipment. Electric providers are
        operating under modified conditions to keep workers safe, which includes
        additional cleaning and sanitation of tools and equipment.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the company on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

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