EMEPA prepares residents for severe weather Saturday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- When it comes to severe weather, local power companies are making sure residents stay inform and prepare for outages.

Power outages are something everyone may experience, and something everyone needs to plan for.

“We encourage members to get prepared for a possible power outage. Anytime there are straight line winds, there is a risk of losing power on widespread outages in our area. We encourage people to have a safety properness kit ready. Flashlight, batteries, water, and anything of that nature.” Says EMEPA's director of communication Julie Boles.

East Mississippi Electric Power Association are all ready for whatever is in store this weekend.

“Today we’ve already started putting together our damage assessment teams, who will be the first ones to go out on the field to assess the damage. We’ve also have our crews coming in early today to prepare what we may be expecting tomorrow. Will be ready to roll,” says EMEPA's safety training coordinator, David Akin.

“Our crews have their vehicles and their equipment filled up, loaded, and ready to hit the ground running as those power outage come in,” says Boles.

EMEPA's safety training coordinator, David Akin says Beware of lines hidden by debris or in trees and treat all power lines as if they are energized.

“Make sure if you come across power lines that are down, whether or not you know what they are to always avoid them,” says Akin.

If you experience an outage this weekend, you can report it online, by calling 601-581-8600 or using EMEPA's mobile app.