Be prepared for severe storms
August 1, 2022
Despite all the weather data and real-time alerts we have access to, we can never be too prepared for hurricanes and severe storms. While we may have time to brace for hurricanes, many summer thunderstorms hit our area quickly and unexpectedly. Whenever severe weather threatens, Palmetto Electric Cooperative crews are ready to get to work. We encourage our members to also be prepared.
Have a plan In the event of a hurricane, having an evacuation plan is critical. Fill your gas tank and have cash on hand. Prepare your home by securing loose outdoor items, trimming limbs that may damage the home and boarding windows when necessary. If you are unable to evacuate, have a determined safe space in your home such as a centrally-located room without windows, like a hallway or closet.
Have a backup Whenever severe weather is projected, make sure your devices are fully charged and portable power banks are ready to go. Have a storm kit—stocked with flashlights, a radio, water and other essentials—ready for use. In the event of a prolonged power outage, turn off major appliances and electronics to help prevent damage from a power surge and overloading circuits during power restoration.
Stay informed Listen to local news and radio for storm and emergency information, and visit our website, palmetto.coop, and our social media channels for outage and restoration updates. Outages can be reported by calling (866) 445-5551 or through MyEnergy Online or the MyEnergy mobile app.
Stay safe If you encounter standing water while driving, turn around and find a safer route. High winds may bring power lines down. Remember: if you encounter downed lines while driving, turn around. Lines may still be energized. Never drive near or over them. If you see lines down, call (843) 208-5551 or 911 immediately.
Serving a coastal area, we know firsthand the importance of planning and preparing. We hope these helpful tips will keep you and your family as safe as possible. You can find more resources about preparing for storms and outage restoration by clicking on Outages & Safety tab.
A. Berl Davis Jr.
President and CEO