Severe Weather Safety
Be Safe, Not Sorry, When Severe Weather Threatens.
When severe weather threatens your community, the well-trained professionals at Atlanta Gas Light are ready. Our employees participate in severe weather training that prepares them so that your home and business will have safe, reliable natural gas service. In times of bad weather, here is what you need to know: During severe weather, do NOT turn the natural gas off to your home or business, even if you are evacuated.
- If you smell natural gas, immediately leave the premises and call our 24-hour emergency response line, 877.427.4321.
- NEVER try to identify the source of a natural gas leak yourself.
- After severe weather, if a natural gas meter is damaged by fallen debris or is under water or you do not have gas service, immediately report it by calling our 24-hour emergency response line, 877.427.4321.
Severe Weather Safety Tips
At Atlanta Gas Light, we want you and your family to be safe during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30 each year. As the National Hurricane Center says, "Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy."
- A Hurricane Watch means that there is a threat of a hurricane. Everyone in the area should listen for further information.
- A Hurricane Warning means a hurricane is expected in a specific area within 24 hours or less.
Be prepared with an Emergency Kit that includes the following:
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter
- NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit; prescription medicine; extra glasses
- Cell phone with chargers or solar charger
- Booster cables
- Fire extinguisher (5lb A-B-C type)
- Infant and pet supplies
- Personal hygiene items
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Copies of important family documents such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof container.
For more information, please visit the Department of Homeland Security.
If severe weather threatens, take the following steps:
- Stay tuned to radio or TV for critical bulletins.
- Move valuables to upper floors, if possible, to avoid water damage.
- Bring in pets and objects such as toys, outdoor furniture and trashcans that can blow away.
- Fill containers with several days’ supply of drinking water (A sterilized bathtub makes a great container).
- Turn the refrigerator thermostat down to maximize cold; don’t open unless necessary.
- Use phones only for emergencies.
If you’re ordered to evacuate, quickly secure your home and leave immediately. Follow evacuation orders regardless of what the weather is outside your window. It may be sunny and calm when the evacuation order comes, but this lead time is necessary to ensure the safety of you and your family.
For more information about severe weather preparedness, visit the Department of Homeland Security.