As summer storms batter metro-Atlanta, the 11Alive Help Desk wants to make you aware of precautions to take regarding storm power outages, and even food safety, before the next storm hits.
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Following heavy storms, Georgia Power urges customers to report power outages to the Automated Power Outage Reporting System Hotline at (888) 891-0938.
RESOURCE GUIDE: Taking Action After a Storm
Per the National Weather Service (NWS), thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning are nature's most violent storms. Taking the proper steps to prepare you and your family beforehand is critical to insuring their safety.
First and foremost, be aware of the severe weather risk in your area. In the event that you are without power, know that breaking news weather alerts can be sent directly to your phone to alert you of up-to-date storm information.
If your home suffers a power outage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you throw away food from your refrigerator that has a temperature higher than 40°F. Keep the refrigerator and freezer door closed as much as possible during an outage.
Visit the Taking Action After a Storm resource guide for information on generator safety, storm preparedness, and more.