Storm Preparedness Checklist

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How do I prepare for a storm?

Living in South Georgia, we face the prospect of severe storms every summer. Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Grady EMC encourages our members to be prepared and to create a plan on what to do in the event of a storm. To help you in your preparation, we have created the Grady EMC Storm Preparedness Checklist below.

Safety Reminders

During storms, stay in a safe area of your home, away from windows

Always stay away from downed power lines

Emergency Kit Checklist

Grady EMC phone numbers & your account information

Water (one gallon per person per day, for at least three days)

Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

Manual can opener

Flashlight & extra batteries


First aid kit & prescriptions

Sanitation & hygiene items

Battery-powered radio & extra batteries (preferably an NOAA Weather Radio)

Generator Use

To protect our linemen, register your generator with Grady EMC

Be sure to install your generator according to its instructions – an improperly installed generator is extremely dangerous to linemen)

Always operate your generator outside and protect it from moisture 

Food Safety Guidelines

Keep refrigerator & freezer doors closed as much as possible

  • An unopened refrigerator keeps food cold for 4 hours
  • A full, unopened freezer keeps food cold for about 48 hours (24 hours for a half full freezer)

Discard refrigerated or frozen food that has been at room temperature for 2 hours or more