Severe weather season is underway, which means the Storm Alert Weather Team is on the lookout for storms threatening our area.

Knowing how to keep yourself safe is also important. Knowing what to do during severe weather can save your life.

The National Weather Service recommends having multiple plans of action so you're not left scrambling when severe weather strikes.

During thunderstorms...

• Get inside a sturdy shelter
• Don't use any electronics or appliances that are plugged in
• Stay away from windows. Winds could be strong enough to blow objects through windows.
• Don't use faucets or take a bath or shower. Electricity from the lightning can travel through plumbing and electrocute you.

If you can't find shelter...

• Find an open area away from trees. Lightning will strike the tallest objects first.
• Get into a crouching position with only the balls of your feet touching the ground.

If you're driving...

• Slow down or pullover
• Don't touch any metal in your car. If lightning strikes your car you'll be grounded and you won't be electrocuted.

During a tornado...

• Get underground if possible, such as in a basement
• Otherwise, get to lowest floor away from windows
• Get inside an interior room, such as a bathroom or closet
• Grab a helmet, pillow, or something else to protect yourself from flying debris

If you can't find shelter...

• Find a low-lying area
• Lie on your stomach
• Cover your head with your hands to protect from flying debris

If you're driving...

• Pull over as soon as possible
• Find a low-lying such as a ditch off the side of the road
• Lie on your stomach
• Cover your head with your hands to protect from flying debris

If you're a victim of severe weather damage, file an insurance claim as soon as possible and take pictures of video of the damage. Also, get more than one bid when it comes to repairing your home.

If you need to report power outages, downed power lines, or damage, here's a list of utility companies and emergency management contacts for the Channel 3 viewing area.



Bledsoe County

  • Fall Creek Falls Utility: 423-949-2198

Bradley County

  • Cleveland Utility: 423-472-4521
  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative: 423-476-6571
  • Ocoee Utility District: 423-559-8505

Grundy County

  • Big Creek Utility District: 931-692-2505
  • Tracy City Public Utility: 931-592-2787

Hamilton County

  • EPB: 423-648-1372
  • Hixson Utility District: 423-877-3513
  • Eastside Utility District: 423-892-2890
  • North West Utility District: 423-332-2427
  • Hamilton County WWTA: 423-876-8278

Marion County

  • Sequachee Valley Electric Co-Op: 423-837-8605

Meigs County

  • Etowah Utilities: 423-263-9441
  • Ocoee Utility District: 423-559-8505

Polk County

  • Copper Basin Utilities: 423-496-5744

Sequatchie County

  • Waldens Ridge Utility District: 423-856-2683

Rhea County

  • Dayton City Utility: 423-775-8417
  • Watts Bar Utility District: 865-270-8080
  • Peco Electric Co: 423-775-2680
  • North Utility District of Rhea County: 423-365-5220

Sequatchie County

  • Waldens Ridge Utility District: 423-856-2683


Catoosa County

  • Catoosa Utility District: 706-937-4121

Dade County

  • Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938

Murray County:

  • North Georgia EMC: 706-259-9441
  • Dalton Utilities: 706-278-1313

Walker County

  • Walker County Water and Sewerage: 706-820-1455
  • LaFayette Utility: 706-639-1500

Whitfield County

  • Dalton Utility: 706-278-1313
  • North Georgia EMC: 706-278-7167
  • Oglethorpe Power Corporation: 706-428-9114


Cherokee County

  • Southern Co: 678-493-6000


Bradley County
Hamilton County 423-209-6922; 423-595-6939
Rhea County

Catoosa County

Chattooga County 706-857-3400/3403
Dade County 423-718-2111
Murray County 706-695-2088
Walker County

706-539-1255, ext. 1
Whitfield County