Operation Round UP Grants Awarded for July 2016

The Central Georgia EMC Foundation Board awarded Operation Round Up grants to the following organizations at the meeting held on July 19, 2016 .

  1. JHS Diamond Club
  2. Grace 215, Inc.
  3. United in Faith Ministries
  4. Kennedy Road Middle School
  5. Operation Appreciation, Inc.
  6. The Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc.
  7. KidsPeace National Centers of Georgia, Inc.








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Electrical Safety- During and After Storms

Severe storms and natural disasters can cause a variety of electrical safety hazards in and around our homes. Lightning, downed power lines, and floods are just a few of the serious safety concerns associated with storms. Unfortunately, many of these hazards remain long after the storm itself has passed.

To help protect you from storm-related electrical hazards, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and Central Georgia EMC are providing answers to common storm safety questions.


What should I do if I am caught outside during a lightning storm?

  • Move to a low point. Lightning hits the tallest available object, so get in a crouched position, if you are in an exposed area.
  • Stay away from trees.
  • Avoid metal. Do not hold onto metal items like bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, or tools. Stay away from metal sheds, clotheslines, poles, and fences.
  • Stay away from water, including pools, lakes, puddles, and anything damp.
  • Do not stand close to other people. Spread out.

Is there any warning before lightning strikes?

Sometimes. If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike. Do not lie down. Instead, crouch down, tuck your head, and cover your ears.

What should I do if I encounter a lightning storm while driving in my car?

Slow down and use extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area.

Am I safer in or out of my car?

Do not leave your vehicle during a thunderstorm. A vehicle is considered safe during a thunderstorm if it is fully enclosed with a metal top, such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, or truck. While inside a safe vehicle, do not use electronic devices.

When a storm is raging outside, are we safe from lightning if we stay inside the house?

Follow these indoor lightning safety tips to help keep your family safe inside while there is a storm outside:

  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • If possible, unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords during storms.
  • Avoid contact with water and plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.

Power lines

What should I do if I encounter a downed power line?

If you see a downed power line, keep a safe distance from the line and anything touching it. The human body is a ready conductor of electricity.

The proper way to move away from a downed power line is to hop away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times. This will minimize the potential for a strong electric shock.

What can I do to help someone who has come in contact with a downed power line?

If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with the downed line, do not touch the person. You could become the next victim. Call 911 instead.

Can I use something that is not metal to try to move a downed power line myself?

Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the line by using another object, such as a broom or stick. Even nonconductive materials like wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity and then electrocute you.

What should I do if I see a downed power line in the street while I am driving?

Avoid driving over the downed line, and stay in your car. Call 911, then contact CGEMC to provide details to the location.

What if a power line comes down onto my car or I did not see it until I have driven into it?

If you are in your car, and it is in contact with the downed line, stay in your car. Tell others to stay away from your vehicle. If you must leave your car because of a car fire, jump out of the vehicle with both feet together and avoid contact with the live car and the ground at the same time. This way, you avoid being the path of electricity from the car to the earth. Hop away from the car, keeping your feet together.

Is a downed power line still dangerous if it has come down in water, like a pool or pond?

Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Any amount of water—even a puddle—could become energized. Be careful not to touch water—or anything in contact with the water—near a downed power line.

Flooded areas

My basement has flooded, and there is standing water. Is it safe to go down there?

Use extreme care when stepping into flooded areas. Submerged outlets or electrical cords can energize water, posing a lethal trap.

My washer, dryer, and a few other appliances got wet during a flood. Can I start using them again after they dry out?

Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet until they have been examined by a qualified service repair dealer. Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if re-energized without proper reconditioning or replacement.

Does a flood affect my home’s electrical system or just the appliances?

Electrical items, such as circuit breakers, fuses, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), receptacles, plugs, and switches, can malfunction when water and silt get inside. Discard them if they have been submerged. Have a licensed, qualified professional replace them.

Operation Round Up Grants Awarded for June 2016

The Central Georgia EMC Foundation Board awarded Operation Round Up grants to the following organizations at the meeting held on June 21, 2016 .

  1. Georgia Food & Resource Center, Inc.
  2. Camp Dream Foundation, Inc.
  3. Henry County Extension 4-H
  4. East Griffin Baptist Church – Women on Mission Food Pantry
  5. Jasper County Family Connection
  6. Piedmont Academy
  7. Jasper County High School


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  • Ga Food Resource Ctr June 2

Notice of 2015 Capital Credit Assignment

Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) announces that the capital credit assignment for 2015 is 14.07 percent. In an electric cooperative structure such as CGEMC, each dollar paid in excess of the cost of providing service is an investment in CGEMC by its members. This allocated amount to each member is kept on permanent record in our office.

At the end of the year, after all expenses are paid, any remaining funds are assigned to members’ accounts. CGEMC’s margins are used as capital until they can be returned through a general refund without impairing the cooperative’s financial condition.

Your capital credit assignment may be calculated by multiplying your total electric bill for the year, minus the sales tax and any miscellaneous charges, times the 14.07 percent.


If your annual bill totaled:                           Your assignment is:

       $150     X     .1407                                                $ 21.10

$300     X     .1407                                                $ 42.21

$500     X     .1407                                                $ 70.35

$1,000     X     .1407                                                $ 140.70

NOTE: Assignments do not include Central Georgia EMC large power accounts.

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Move Over for Linemen

The 41 electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia, including Central Georgia EMC, recently brought the issue of lineworker safety before the 2016 Georgia General Assembly. Accordingly, EMC linemen will join the ranks of law enforcement, public safety, and transportation personnel who are better protected under the new law signed April 19, 2016, by Gov. Nathan Deal.

House Bill 767, the “Move Over for Linemen” legislation, requires any motorist approaching utility linemen at an active work site—as indicated by traffic cones or flashing yellow, amber, white, or red lights—to change lanes or slow down to a reasonable and proper speed below the posted speed limit. Any motorist who does not change lanes or drop their speed to avoid the utility workers can be fined up to $250 per occurrence.

The new bill, effective July 1, 2016, applies to all types of utility workers, including electric, natural gas, cable, and telecommunications workers, right-of-way crews, or utility contractors. The new law and added protections are critical to safeguard workers. According to the Georgia Department of Highway Safety, emergency vehicles parked beside a highway are vulnerable to crashes, even with emergency lights flashing.

Consequently, the original law (passed in 2003) was created to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving police officers, paramedics, firefighters, wrecker operators, and highway maintenance workers by maintaining an open buffer lane between passing highway traffic and authorized roadside emergency vehicles.

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