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
    • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
    • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports
  • 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.  

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7 responses to “Tips for Power Outages”

  1. Diane Eckert says :

    Thanks for doing such a great job keeping us posted with alerts and important information about flooding, downed trees, lost electricity, food safety, and shelters. Diane Eckert on Helmwood Court, Vienna

  2. Anonymous says :

    I agree with Diane, you guys are doing a great job. I am a little concerned since many people have not removed things from their yard and those things can become projectiles and badly jarm, not only their own property, but othrrs as well.

  3. Sasha Dee says :

    Just wanted to say again that this has been a fantastic resource as the storm moves in. I technically live in Alexandria City but their storm update pales in comparison to how thorough this blog has become. Thanks again.

  4. Anonymous says :

    Great Job Everyone with the updates, news, and information!!! Stay safe and secure!!!

  5. Brian says :

    Is there anyway to get the government operating status like th old page or do i need to read through the blog?

    • fairfaxcounty says :

      Continue to check the blog. We post updates to our operating status here, we no longer maintain the old page.