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South River EMC Prepares For Hurricane Irma

South River EMC is making final preparations before the weekend in the event that the wind and rain from Hurricane Irma causes power outages in our area.

“Although there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the hurricane’s final track, it is best to be ready to respond quickly and safely if the storm does cause problems for the members of South River EMC,” said CEO Chris Spears.

South River EMC personnel have been stocking trucks with extra supplies, ordering additional material,  arranging for additional line and tree-cutting crews and securing accommodations and food.

“If we are fortunate enough to be spared impact from the storm, the additional help can be re-directed to assist other electric cooperatives in the path of this massive storm,” said Spears.

Here are a few tips to prepare for the storm:

  • Ensure you have at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food (and a manual can opener).
  • Make sure you have a back-up light source such as battery-operated lanterns – and extra batteries. Solar lights work great too. You can charge them during the day and no batteries needed.
  • Stock up on charcoal or fill the tank for your gas grill. Never use charcoal to cook inside your home.
  • If anyone in your home is dependent on oxygen or any medical device, buy extra batteries or a backup generator. If neither of these is possible, arrange for alternate accommodations in the event of an outage.
  • Remove all furniture or items from decks that could become projectiles during high winds.
  • If you lose electricity, please call 910.892.8071 to report your outage. Please be patient, outages could be wide spread and affect thousands of members.
  • Never go near a downed power line. Always assume any power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
  • Don’t drive through high water on roads. Don’t drown, turn around.

While we wait for Hurricane Irma to pass, keep abreast of outages by checking our real-time system map at  or follow South River EMC on Facebook and Twitter.

In the event of power outages, South River EMC offices will operate 24 hours a day until all members’ power has been restored. If you have difficulty reaching the Cooperative, keep trying.

South River EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative, which provides electric service to over 43,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Sampson, Harnett, Cumberland, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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