ATLANTA – Dec. 7, 2017 – With the potential for winter weather, including sleet, snow or freezing rain over the next 36 hours, Georgia Power encourages customers to review a new video including a variety of tips and information to help Georgians become “winter road ready.” The video was created in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Tips included in the new Winter Road-Ready video include:
· Stay safe around downed power lines. Severe winter weather can cause trees and power lines to fall on cars and roadways. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or Georgia Power immediately and, if you are trapped in your car by a downed power line, do not try to exit the vehicle before first responders arrive.
· Watch for utility crews and GDOT vehicles working on the roads. Utility linemen are included in Georgia’s “Move-Over Law,” which requires drivers to move over one lane when utility crews are working on the roadside.
· Pay attention to alerts and advisories. Stay off the roads as much as possible before, during and after winter weather and wait until GDOT provides an “all clear” to travel. Dial 511 from your mobile phone to access GDOT’s Travel Information System.
The new video is part of a larger series of Georgia Power resources available at GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep. The site features a variety of winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.
The company also offers an online Outage & Storm Center featuring safety and preparation tips, as well as tools and resources to help customers stay connected and informed before, during and after severe weather. The Outage & Storm Center also houses Outage Alerts and an interactive Outage Map which provides near real-time information on where outages are occurring across the state, as well as estimated restoration times. Customers can also connect with Georgia Power on Facebook and Twitter for helpful information every day, and restoration updates during severe weather.
Georgia Power is monitoring changing weather conditions and prepared to respond to any service interruptions that occur. The company encourages customers to prepare today with a plan in case of power outages and to always keep safety first.
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 2.5 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 consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
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