Mississippi Power offers tips for hurricane season

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Hurricanes can cause widespread power outages that can last for days. Due to this, Mississippi Power is urging people to have a plan of action in case there are tropical troubles.

Supplies you need for an extended power outage include plenty of water, food, medicine, flashlights and cash.

“Now is the perfect time to get your plan and get your things in order. If you’re planning on evacuating, figure out your routes; if you’re planning on staying, getting those supplies, and being prepared to potentially experience a loss of power for a couple of days,” says Jeff Shepard, the spokesman at Mississippi Power. “We’re going to try to get the lights on as quickly and safely as possible, but just a result of these natural disasters is a loss of power.”

If you come across a downed power line, never try to handle it.

“You can’t really tell if a downed line is dead or could it still be energized, so you want to stay away from it, you want to call local police, and then call us,” Shepard says.

Mississippi Power works with other power companies when hurricanes cause destructive damage.

“We’re involved in what we call the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the Mutual Assistance Program, and what that means is the utilities in the southeastern part of the country and beyond if needed, discuss when there is a storm event,” Shepard says. “So if a storm is headed towards say Mississippi, we could potentially get resources from Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, or maybe the other side could come from Louisiana or Texas.”

The number to call if you need assistance from Mississippi Power is 1-800-532-1502.