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How Long Will Food Stay Frozen? What If The Power Goes Out?

Georgia residents encouraged to be prepared for ice that could knock out power to parts of the region.

Residents to prepare for ice that could knock out power to parts of the state. Patch file
Residents to prepare for ice that could knock out power to parts of the state. Patch file
The Georgia Power storm center is open and Georgia Power is monitoring the approaching severe weather and preparing to respond to any potential interruptions in service.

Georgia Power customers can report an outage by calling 1-888-891-0938 or at their website: http://www.georgiapower.com/storm.

The Georgia Power website has three Outage Tools: 

1.  Report an Outage (and check the status of an outage)

2.  Set Outage Alerts (to sign up for personalized notifications via phone, text and email)

3.  View an Outage Map

Is your bathtub full of water? How long is food good in your freezer? These tips from the Georgia Power have your answers.

Even in Georgia, we get ice storms caused by prolonged periods of freezing rain. Trees, power lines, roads and walkways get covered with ice. Power lines come down.

If you lose electric service, the following safety tips can help you stay safe:
Good preparation makes winter storms more bearable. Follow a storm's progress by monitoring a weather radio. Prepare for a possible power outage. Make sure you:

  • Cook with a camp stove, fireplace or can of Sterno (cooking fuel). Never use charcoal or other fuels in unventilated areas.
  • If you use an electric generator, plug appliances directly into it. Never plug a generator directly into your home's electrical wiring.
  • Disconnect or turn off appliances you were using when the power went off. Leave one light on to tell you when service is restored.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the door is closed. In a half-full freezer, food will keep 24 hours.
Be Prepared

Good preparation makes winter storms more bearable. Follow a storm's progress by monitoring a weather radio. Prepare for a possible power outage. Make sure you:

  • Stock up on non-perishable foods, heating fuel and medications.
  • Fill your bathtub and spare containers with water in case your electric water pump or the local water system goes out.
  • Have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries handy.
  • Prepare older family members, friends or neighbors who live alone for the weather.

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