Creating a storm-readiness plan and reviewing it with your household can keep you safe in an emergency. Preparing ahead of time will help you act quickly and confidently to protect yourself and others in severe weather.
In colder seasons, Chattanooga’s temperatures fluctuate between mild and below freezing. Here’s what we typically experience from September to March in the TN Valley.
There's a lot you can do to winter-proof your home, but here are steps you can take now to stay safe & warm while keeping energy costs down as much as possible.
Close the damper or flue on unlit fireplaces. Open before lighting. Add tempered glass doors for extra savings.
Turn down the heat by 1ºF until you find the lowest setting that's still comfortable for you.
Warm up with energy-efficient electric blankets & warm clothing layers.
Let in sunshine for a free heat source. At night, close curtains, blinds & drapes to prevent drafts.
It’s crucial to keep exterior doors closed. Make it fun by giving your kids the role of “door monitor.”
If the weather forecast warns that hazardous weather is arriving soon, take the following steps to protect yourself as well as your loved ones, your home and your business.Build a Storm Kit
Pack “go bags” you can easily grab in an emergency for each household member. Don’t forget your pets! Include the following:
Charge these items and put them in a safe, easily accessible location:
Make arrangements with friends so you have somewhere to stay if needed. If you’re concerned about your food going bad, set up a cooler you can pack with ice to extend the life of your perishables if your fridge warms up.
Treating tornado warnings seriously can save your life. Small, interior, windowless rooms are the safest places to shelter from tornadoes.
In colder seasons, Chattanooga is most at-risk for tornadoes in February and March.
These preparations can help keep you safe if you’re away from home during severe weather:
Install the MyEPB App to report, view, track and get real-time alerts for outages and restoration progress. Get notified of severe weather with apps from your favorite weather stations, weather.gov or FEMA.
Familiarize yourself with different types of weather alerts and which actions to take to protect yourself.
Cold winds and 5+ inches of ice, sleet, snow or freezing rain may fall. Prepare backup heat sources and avoid travel.
In the next 12 hours, heavy snow of at least 6 inches (or ½ inch of sleet) will fall. Prepare backup heat and power sources and avoid travel.
EPB Levelized Billing is a free program that prevents drastic changes in your bill, even during the coldest months when your heater is working extra hard to keep you warm, safe and comfortable. Levelized bills are calculated based on a "rolling average" of your power usage over the last 12 months. That means your bill won't fluctuate very much month to month.Enroll Now
Protect Valuable Electronics
Lightning strikes occasionally lead to power surges that can harm your devices and electronics. Avoid costly damage by plugging them into surge protectors with the following features:
A generator is a great way to meet your needs and return to normalcy during an outage. However, it’s essential to practice basic safety measures to avoid accidental harm or even death.
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