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JEA prepares for hurricane season

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Updated: 5/31/2013 4:49 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the season of powerful storms is upon the First Coast, JEA is well under way with preparations and safety guidelines for possible inclement weather.

"We work on our hurricane plan all year to ensure we are prepared and can recover services as quickly and safely as possible following a storm," said Paul McElroy, JEA managing director and CEO. "Our customers need to have a plan, too.

If you plan to evacuate your home while a storm is near JEA says it is best to turn off the circuit breakers for the water heater, the power to your home at the main electrical panel, and your water at the home's main service valve.

JEA recommends that you do not use a generator unless you know how to use one safely. If you use a generator, use it outside your home in a well-ventilated area, the fumes from a running generator can be deadly.

For citizens who use medical equipment which require electricity JEA encourages those individuals to go ahead and make arrangements to ensure your safety.

Should your home or business experience water damage, consult a private electrician to determine if it is safe to restore power.

If you see any downed electric lines stay away from them and call 911 immediately. You can still be electrocuted without touching the lines.

Stay clear of raw sewage and contact JEA at (904) 665-6000 to report sewer overflows.

If there are boil water notices issued in your neighborhood and you cannot boil water use the guidelines the American Red Cross provides about bleach purification.

Use bottled or disinfected water for drinking and cooking until JEA water supply is declared safe.

JEA's restoration process focuses on returning power to the facilities that deliver power to the largest number of affected customers. After major repairs have been made, the company begins to restore individuals and small groups of customers.

You can also tune in this Saturday night to Action News for a special hurricane report on FOX 30 at 6 p.m. and CBS 47 at 7:30 p.m.

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