Local EPAs, power companies, prepare for Ida



(The following is a press release from Pearl River Valley Electric.)


Columbia, MS- Pearl River Valley Electric is closely monitoring Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ida and is prepared to take action if the storm turns toward our service area. In the event of a tropical storm/hurricane, dispatchers will be on duty and Pearl River Valley Electric line crews will be on standby to respond to any outages that may occur.

Pearl River Valley Electric’s 12-county service area makes it especially vulnerable to powerful storm systems that sweep through south central Mississippi this time of year. Power outages during storms are most often caused by trees or limbs falling onto power lines and lightning damage to electrical equipment on poles or in substations.


“We are keeping a close eye on Ida’s storm path and are prepared for any outages that may be caused by this storm,” said Matthew Ware, CEO/general manager. “Our line crews have been alerted and will be ready to respond as needed.”


During large scale outages crews check substations first for damage, and then work outward along major power lines to restore service to the greatest number of consumers as quickly as possible. In addition, all Pearl River Valley Electric employees are subject to being called for emergency duty to speed restoration of service to our members.


If you experience a power outage or see damage to a power line or substation, please call Pearl River Valley Electric at 1-855-2PRVEPA.


Here are some tips that can prepare you for a tropical storm/hurricane.


 Have a storm kit ready to go. Make sure to include a flashlight, extra batteries and a radio. Other things to include are: toiletries, first aid kit, water and non-perishable food and medications.

 Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed during the time you’re without electric service. This will help preserve food.

 Fill bathtubs with extra water.

 Plan an evacuation route if necessary. Contact local authorities for information about evacuation routes and shelters.

 Unplug appliances and electronic equipment.

 Bring outdoor furniture inside.


After the storm remember that safety comes first.


 Treat all downed power lines as energized. Beware of lines hidden by debris.

 Never plug in or use electrical appliances or devices while standing in water or on a damp surface.

 Prevent generator back feed. Plug appliances directly into the generator. Keep the generator in an open area to reduce carbon monoxide emissions.

 Pearl River Valley Electric will provide regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and its website, www.PRVEPA.com.

 Stay tuned to local media outlets for electric power restoration information.


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