Gulf Power making storm preparations

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many are keeping an eye on the tropical system developing in the Gulf.

Gulf Power is making storm preparations for the system developing in the Gulf. (WJHG/WECP)

"We're not expecting much more than heavy rain right now," said Gulf Power's Home Services Operations Manager, Petie Bailey.

Gulf Power officials say they are continuously monitoring the storm, and they're ready to respond safely and quickly to restore power.

"One of the first things we do is we have a joint lead, we call it our CEMC, our company emergency management center," said Bailey.

The lead brings together departments like logistics and power restoration. So when disaster strikes, Gulf Power is ready to bring the power.

"We start reporting on where the resources are located," Bailey said, "how long it's gonna take to get resources to the area if we need them, and so we're just basically coming up with our game plan to respond if we need to."

A response that can come quickly.

"We have resources that if we need to get them here today, we can get them here today," said Bailey.

While no extra resources are in our area now, Bailey says it's important for customers to take advantage of the safety information right at the fingertips.

"Preparation and safety tips are available at

Bailey says another way to stay safe and informed is by downloading the Gulf Power app.

"In that app is an outage map, and they can get real-time information on outages affecting their area and also estimated restoration times," Bailey said.

Bailey also says anytime you see downed lines, always treat them as if they are energized and do not approach them.

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