Are you prepared for hurricane season? - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Are you prepared for hurricane season?

While the heart of hurricane season typically occurs in late summer, it's never too early to make storm preparations. Here are some important hurricane safety tips to keep in mind.

  • Stay alert to storm advisories and evacuate if told to do so.
  • Map out your route using roads specified by local and/or state authorities.
  • If the storm is imminent, turn off and unplug stereos, televisions, computers and other appliances.
  • Have flashlights and fresh batteries on hand.
  • After the storm, stay away from and do not touch downed power lines. Keep others away from downed lines as well. Contact SCE&G immediately at 1-888-333-4465.
  • Do not touch tree limbs or other objects touching a power line. Never try to remove a tree limb or any object that is in contact with a power line. Contact SCE&G immediately.
  • Do not open refrigerators/freezers during an outage unless absolutely necessary. Repeated openings cause cold air to escape and food to thaw more quickly.
  • SCE&G Emergency Service Numbers: For emergencies such as downed power lines or power outages call: 1-888-333-4465.
    For gas leaks: 1-800-815-0083
    For any other customer concerns: 1-800-251-7234.
  • To report outages by mobile access- http://www.sceg.com/mobile/  
  • You can also report power outages and check outage status via text message. Find out how to register your cell phone at sceg.com/text.

For information about storm safety, power outage information or a storm emergency kit checklist, visit SCE&G's Storm Center online at: http://www.sceg.com/storm/. You can also receive warnings, safety tips, and power restoration reports on their mobile devices by signing up at www.twitter.com/scegnews.

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