ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Southwest Georgia got hit with another round of damaging storms, and more weather could be on the way later this week, so residents are encouraged to take precautions before, during and after severe weather.
Before severe weather hits
Georgia Power said you should turn off your air conditioners before storms.
That's because a power surge could overload them.
You should also unplug any unnecessary electrical appliances, and avoid landline telephones.
This is because telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity.
Residents are also encouraged to keep a weather radio in their homes.
That way if you're sleeping when severe weather rolls in, you will still be alerted.
The radios provide information directly from the National Weather service and operate on battery power, so you can still get alerts if the electricity goes out.
Which is why now is a good time to make sure the batteries in yours are still working.
You should also have a plan for severe weather, and make sure everyone in your house remembers what it is.
Know the safest location in your home, and be sure everyone knows to go there if sever weather hits.
Plug your phone in. It's always good to have it fully charged in case you need to call for help, and so you can check in with friends and neighbors.
You should stock up on things like peanut butter or granola bars. You should try not to open your refrigerator or freezer.
The USDA says a closed fridge can stay cold for about four hours, and a freezer can stay cold for about 48 hours.
It also wouldn't be a bad idea to keep an ice chest in your home.
Emergency kits are also key.
Kits should include important papers, cash, three days worth of medicine, water and food.
Duct tape, gloves, and a flash light are also good things to have on hand.
During a power outage
If at all possible, use battery powered lanterns, instead of candles to light your home if power goes out.
And never use generators or charcoal burning devices inside of your home.
They create carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly.
After the storm has cleared
Once the storm has passed, and it is light outside, residents should check their yards for leaning trees.
With a threat of severe weather on Wednesday, trees that have dead spots, or that are leaning, may come down.
Georgia Power said you should never, touch any downed wires or low hanging wires.
This does include telephone or TV wires that are touching a power line.
You should also never try to repair Georgia Power equipment.
You should also never try to move tree limbs off of power lines by yourself.
And last but not least, never go into areas with debris or downed trees.
That's because you might not see downed power lines buried in debris.