What to do when your power goes out in winter

  • Mary Caldwell
  • For the AJC
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 Weather
Power outages in the winter are often caused by ice on trees and power lines.

Severe winter weather can cause power to go out over widespread areas for an extended period of time. This frequently happens during ice storms, which cause ice to build up on trees and power lines. Its weight can cause lines and poles to fall or cause trees to fall into lines.

If you're without power in the metro Atlanta area, here's what you need to know:

5 things to do in case of a power outage

How to stay as warm as possible

The University of Georgia Extension suggests the following ways to stay warm:

How to protect your home and belongings

How to report outages and track restoration efforts

Depending on your power company, you may have your choice of reporting the outage by phone or online. If you'd like to use an app, check the App Store or Google Play to see if your company offers this feature. You can also track restoration efforts with each company's outage map.

Central Georgia EMC

To report an outage: 770-775-7857

To track restoration efforts: outage.cgemc.com:8181

Cobb EMC

To report an outage: 770-429-2100 or reportoutage.cobbemc.com/ReportOutage/SSvcController/reportanoutage

To track restoration efforts: cobb.maps.sienatech.com

Coweta-Fayette EMC

To report an outage: 770-502-0226 or billing.utility.org/oscp/OnlineServices/FeaturesLogin/tabid/134/Default.aspx

To track restoration efforts: outage.utility.org/OMSWebMap/OMSWebMap.htm?clientKey=undefined

Georgia Power

To report an outage: 1-888-891-0938 or customerservice.southerncompany.com/Outage/Service.aspx?mnuOpco=gpc&mnuType=res

To track restoration efforts: outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html

GreyStone Power Corporation

To report an outage: 1-866-GREYSTONE (1-866-473-9786) or 770-942-6576 or outageentry.com/CustomerFacingAppJQM/outage.php?clientid=GREYS&openingPage=report

To track restoration efforts: greystonepower.com/currentoutages

Habersham EMC

To report an outage: 706-754-2114, 706-865-4362, 1-800-640-6812 or habershamemc.com/content/report-outage#formtime

To track restoration efforts: outageview.habershamemc.com

Jackson EMC

To report an outage: 1-800-245-4044 or outage.jacksonemc.com

To track restoration efforts: jemc.maps.sienatech.com

Snapping Shoals EMC

To report an outage: 678-814-4961 or ssemc.smarthub.coop/Login.html#login

To track restoration efforts: ssemc.com/OutageMap.aspx

Sawnee EMC

To report an outage: 770-887-2363 or sawnee.com/content/report-outage

To track restoration efforts: sawnee.com/content/current-outages

Walton EMC

To report an outage: 770-267-2505 or outageentry.com/CustomerFacingAppJQM/outage.php?clientid=WALTON&openingPage=report

To track restoration efforts: outageentry.com/CustomerFacingAppJQM/outage.php?clientid=WALTON