Important Numbers: Power outages, driving troubles, customers

February 11, 2014 

Where to call for help.

THE STATE

  • To our readers

    Due to inclement weather and concern for the safety of our carriers, delivery of your newspaper may be delayed. If you do not receive a newspaper, we will get you a copy the next day that conditions permit. We encourage you to visit thestate.com for storm news updates. Call (800) 888-3566 with any questions.

Closings

All Midlands school districts are closed Wednesday. Some local government offices have closed, while others are waiting until early Wednesday to make a call.

For the latest cancellations and closings, log on at thestate.com.

Send your closings to online@thestate.com.

SCE&G: Reporting outages

By phone: Customers who experience an outage can call (888) 333-4465.

By mobile device: Report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting www.sceg.com/mobile and clicking on storm center.

By text: Register for SCE&G’s text option online at www.sceg.com. Simply log in to your account and look for the “Activate Text Options” under the “Account Options” feature and then follow the instructions. If you are experiencing an outage, simply text the word "OUT” to 467234 (gosceg).

Stay informed: Follow SCE&G on Twitter at @scegnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scegnews for the latest storm-related information and safety tips.

When to use 911

Lexington County: Use 911 for emergencies only. Contact public works at (803) 785-8201 for road issues, trees down or drainage problems. Non-emergency calls to the Sheriff’s Department may go to (803) 785-8230.

City of Columbia, Richland County: Columbia officials advise 911 only for emergencies. For non-emergency situations, citizens may call (803) 252-2911. The Columbia Police Department front desk is (803) 545-3500, and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is (803) 576-3000.

Driving

If roads and icy, it’s best to stay home.

• If you must get out, here are some safety tips from weather.com:

• Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

• Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

• Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

• Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

• When heading out on the roadway, ensure your cell phone is charged. Let someone know where you are going, what your travel route is and when you expect to arrive. Carry flares, blankets, small tools and a shovel. Bring water and snacks.

• Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car at all times. Many gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you have a near-empty tank during a power outage, you may lack the fuel to travel in an emergency.

To our readers

Due to inclement weather and concern for the safety of our carriers, delivery of your newspaper may be delayed. If you do not receive a newspaper, we will get you a copy the next day that conditions permit. We encourage you to visit thestate.com for storm news updates. Call (800) 888-3566 with any questions.

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