Be Ready For Power Outages

Posted 7:27 a.m.

The forecast calls for heavy snow and wind, which may impact power lines and cause outages. Here is what you can do to be prepared:

  • 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; also on your mobile device.
    • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711.
  • Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity. Call 9-1-1 or police non-emergency number 703-691-2131, TTY 711, if you see downed lines.
  • Do not use candles as they may pose a fire threat.
  • Be sure to operate generators safely.

If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads when power is restored.

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.  

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

6 responses to “Be Ready For Power Outages”

  1. Denise says :

    How can you post for people to stay off the roads but you don’t close Fairfax Gov.? Every other Gov. entity is closed! How does Fairfax Gov. decide to stay open or close?

    • Anonymous says :

      You had the option of taking leave so get over it! And not every other government closed.

      • Anonymous says :

        Nothing needed to be closed today, and we should not have wasted tax payers money by plowing neighborhoods that had 1/2 in. of snow!

  2. marti williams says :

    This was sent to me by a former California neighbor who moved to Virginia. He is proud of the amount of information Fairfax County shares with residents. I’m equally impressed. I was concerned about the McNiff family