Being prepared for summer storms

You hear it softly in the distance, a low rumble. Then the ping-ping-ping of thick, heavy rain drops. North Carolinians can expect to hear the familiar, rhythmic sounds of thunderstorms 40-50 times per year, mostly during summer months, according to our State Climate Office. Though familiar, the sounds sometimes precede dangerous weather capable of impacting every nook and cranny of North Carolina.

Summer storms in North Carolina run the gamut from rain to hail to high winds, and even tropical storms and hurricanes. June is the official kickoff to hurricane season, and it’s a good month to refocus on tips and information that will help keep you safe this summer regardless of what kind of North Carolina weather you encounter.


  • Develop an evacuation route now, in advance of summer storms and hurricane season. The plan should identify the safest routes away from your area, as well as the closest shelters.
  • Determine a safe place in the home to gather during severe thunderstorms, away from windows, skylights or glass doors that could be broken by hail.
  • Create a family disaster supply kit and be sure to include the following: a battery operated radio, flashlights, a first aid kit, non-perishable food items, a three-day water supply, a non-electric can opener, medicines and cash.
  • Teach children to call 911 in case of an emergency. Communicate with family members to be sure they know how to respond in a storm situation.
  • Remember your pets when planning for possible evacuation. Not all emergency shelters allow pets. Contact your local humane society to learn which animal shelters accept pets during disasters.
  • Keep JOEMC’s outage reporting phone number (800-681-4146) in a handy place.


Providing reliable power is our top priority. However, sometimes circumstances beyond our control cause members to lose power. To keep up with the outages on our system, members can go to and click on the “Outage Management” section on our homepage. The map has around-the-clock access to outage information, is updated in real-time, and shows the number of customers affected by outages.

Congratulations to this year’s basketball camp scholarship winners

Two local students have been selected to represent Jones-Onslow EMC at basketball camps this summer.

Tymir Brown, from Northwoods Park Middle School, will attend the Roy Wil-liams Basketball Camp this month at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Shelby Parker, from Topsail Middle School will attend the NC State Wolfpack Academy in Raleigh.

Students currently enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades were eligible to participate in the contest. Recipients were selected as a result of their excellent applications and essays on why they wanted to attend the basketball camp.

JOEMC, along with the other electric cooperatives in the state, will send more than 50 middle school students to camp on full scholarships this year.

Three JOEMC board members recognized for service

Three cooperative board members, with a combined 65 years of experience and service to Jones-Onslow EMC and its members, were recently recognized for their contributions.

Board member Douglas Parker, who represents members in District One, was honored for 35 years of service while board members Dale Powell (District One) and Mack Whitney (District Two) were each recognized for 15 years of service.

“These men have dedicated themselves to Jones-Onslow and its members for many years,” said Board Chairman John Pierce. “They are men of high character and integrity and they have worked hard to make Jones-Onslow a model of excellence, not only in the state of North Carolina but throughout the country.”

The commendable service awards were Dale Powell presented at the North Carolina Association
of Electric Cooperative’s (NCAEC) annual meeting on April 13. NCAEC is the trade association for the 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, including Jones-Onslow.

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