Power Outages: Fairfax Prepares Day 7

Posted 9:43 a.m.

Day 7 iconMany of us woke up June 30 without power.

Hundreds of thousands in our community lost electricity because of the powerful derecho storm the night before. Power outages can range from a nuisance because you can’t watch your favorite TV show or use a microwave to life threatening impacts if you need power to supply a medical device.

Power outages can be weather related or not. It’s never easy to predict when you may lose power at your home or business.

There are many things you can do to prepare for potential power outages such as having flashlights/batteries (but NOT candles due to accidental fire risks) and deciding on a plan to continue with medical treatments as needed during an outage.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Save your power company’s phone number to report outages on paper, phone or other device so you can access it safely. It’s the fastest task you can do during a power outage. Do not assume your utility company knows about your outage. As Dominion Virginia Power advises, “While you and your neighbor may live next door or across the street from each other, different power lines may serve each side of the street.”

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8 responses to “Power Outages: Fairfax Prepares Day 7”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I have done this.

  2. Anonymous says :

    I did it (Day 7)

  3. Randy Allen says :

    OK, this touches on a major problem we and other neighbors had during the derecho storm. Dominion requires your telephone number to report the location of the outage. Little do they know, lots of residents no longer have home telephones so this method of location is flawed. Using your account number is also problematic as most of us don’t remember our account numbers. Serious flaw in Dominion reporting procedures. (we used a neighbor’s telephone number). Home phones will mostly be a thing of the past in 5-10 years. Time to fix this, Dominion. Another problem we had was that Dominion’s outage maps were very WRONG. They showed no outages in our area and yet there was no power for a 3 mile radius. Amazingly inaccurate. Burke proper had no power and yet they showed no outages. This told us that they did not know about our outages even though at least 4 of us called in and tried to report it. They need to have a web reporting method, too. Our cell phones still work and have data (internet) access.

  4. Anonymous says :

    I simply saved the Dominion insert with their phone number

  5. Anonymous says :

    Have multiple LED flashlights and battery-operated lanterns strategically located in the house and cars.