PEARL – The State Emergency Operations Center has received updated power outages from electric power companies and associations in Mississippi.
The SEOC is monitoring the winter weather system moving through north Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency on Sunday. A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts.
The breakdown by county is as follows as of noon (some may not be winter weather related):
Mississippi Power: one power outage.
- Forrest: One power outage.
Entergy: 2,377 power outages.
- Adams: 49 power outages.
- Bolivar: 43 power outages.
- Coahoma: 15 power outages.
- Copiah: 55 power outages.
- Hinds: four power outages.
- Panola: 282 power outages.
- Quitman: 58 power outages.
- Sunflower: two power outages.
- Tate: 1,855 power outages.
- Tunica: Four power outages.
- Warren: 10 power outages.
Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association: 3,817 power outages.
- Numbers not broken down by county.
Northeast Mississippi Electric Power Association: 2,364 power outages.
- Lafayette: 1,698 power outages.
- Marshall: 69 power outages.
- Pontotoc: 22 power outages.
- Union: 575 power outages.
Southern Pine Electric Power Association: One power outage.
- Lawrence: one power outage.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reminds residents to keep the following tips in mind while dealing with winter weather:
- NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
- Ensure that your main source of power is disconnected if your generator is running. Generators can back feed downed power lines, and pose an electrocution threat.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
- Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Driving conditions will be hazardous.
- If traveling, let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
- Antifreeze levels: ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
- Battery and ignition system: should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
- Brakes: check for wear and fluid levels.
- Heater and defroster: ensure they are working properly.
- Lights and flashing hazard lights: ensure they are working properly.
- Gas tank: Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during freezing weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
- Warm vehicle engines attract outdoor animals and pets. To avoid injury to hidden animals, hit on your vehicle’s hood before starting your engine.
For up-to-date roadway information, go to www.mdottraffic.com or dial 5-1-1. It is imperative for citizens to stay aware of weather in your area, as conditions change. Monitor your local media outlets or your NWS Office.
The SEOC is activated with state and partnering agencies to respond to county requests for assistance.
For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, or go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.