When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Winter storm severity varies depending on where you live, but nearly all Americans are affected by extreme winter storms at some point. Jones-Onslow cares about your safety, and we want you to be prepared.

Snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

STAY WARM — Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm but exercise caution when using and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using a fuel or wood burning source to stay warm, never use them indoors unless they are properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.

STAY FED — It is recommended to have several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked— crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.

STAY SAFE — When an outage occurs, many times it means that power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report the situation to our dispatchers by calling (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 or 911 if possible.

JOEMC is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too. For more winter safety tips, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather