Reporting Power Outages and Downed Trees

Posted at 7:35 p.m.

ice covered tree The National Weather Service has issued
a Winter Storm Warning from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Friday. Heavy snow could cause downed trees and power outages. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

If a Tree Hits Your Home

  1. Get everyone safely out of your house. Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor and call 9-1-1.
  2. Go to a nearby shelter (another home or open public facility) to stay dry and out of the elements.
  3. Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access the home for structural stability and ensure utilities are controlled.
  4. Only after all of these safety measures have taken place should you call your insurance company.

For downed trees:

  • Adjacent to Public Roads: Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
  • On County Parkland: Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
  • Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.
  • On Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

Power Outages

If your power goes out report your outage; never assume a neighbor has reported it.

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

In addition, follow these safety tips:

  • Use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
  • Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
  • Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion. If you come upon a non-working traffic signal, treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way. Proceed with caution only when traffic permits and enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using your turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
  • If traffic lights are on flash, treat a flashing red as a stop (treat it like a stop sign). For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.

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8 responses to “Reporting Power Outages and Downed Trees”

  1. Anonymous says :


  2. Instructional Consulting Services says :

    Uh, not to put too fine a point on matters, but if the power goes out, how are we to view this page? Moreover, if the power goes out, how are we to view the Dominion Electric power outage map? This message is sent from a computer. It uses electricity.

    Thank you.

    Eric Witzig

    • Anonymous says :

      Oh cool your name is “witzig” … and you are right …

    • Anonymous says :

      There’s this device called a smart phone that enables people to get on the internet and see things.. even when the power in your home is off. Charge up your phone now!

  3. Anonymous says :

    The Fed OPM came out with their closure at 9:45 PM. It’s now nearly 45 minutes later, with forecasts worsening, and FFX County hasn’t even updated the closings page since before 5 pm, let alone giving any indication as to operating status? So much for “Team Fairfax.”

  4. Anonymous says :

    Well, better get ready for work tomorrow. Typical day in Fairfax.