Tips for Power Outages
Posted 2:17 p.m.
As the weather is about to get much worse and the winds reach tropical storm speeds for 24 hours, power outages are inevitable.
Remember the derecho with 24 minutes of wind? We’re about to experience 24 hrs dangerous wind/conditions.
- Save important phone numbers to your phone or write them down, especially your power company.
- Make sure you have a battery powered radio. We will work with radio media
- View tips from Dominion Virginia Power and NOVEC
- Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
- Do not use candles as they may pose a fire threat.
- Be sure to operate generators safely.
- Under the declaration of emergency, the use of generators is authorized beyond 9 p.m. until the emergency is lifted. They can run for several straight days during the emergency. After the state of emergency is lifted, regular noise ordinance rules must be followed.
- An electrical power outage will affect the safe storage of refrigerated and frozen foods. Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk and eggs that are not stored properly refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed. In order to protect these foods from spoilage and save them for your use during the emergency, follow these guidelines.