How to prepare for a power outage

Posted at 10:32 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 10:32:38-05

Norfolk, Va. – As the threat of winter storms increases, it’s best to prepare yourself as soon as possible.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a State of Emergency ahead of the winter storm expected to impact the state through the weekend.

According to Meteorologist Myles Henderson, we will likely see the first round of snow on Friday, rain will melt it, then the second round Saturday night.

In addition to the snow and rain, we will see very strong winds. Winds will start to crank up on Friday with gusts to near 30 mph. Gusts could reach to 40+ mph on Saturday and Sunday.

Storms have the potential to cause power outages that could last for multiple days.

Here are a few tips from Dominion Power to help you prepare for storms and the potential for a power outage.

Before a Storm

  • Put together an emergency kit with necessities such as flashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and non-perishable goods.
  • Charge up mobile phones and other portable devices.
  • Make sure all prescription medications are filled.
  • Fill up your car’s gas tank.
  • If you have pets, stock up on their food and supplies.
  • Consider buying surge protectors for your sensitive electronics.
  • If you have a portable generator, make sure it’s fueled and ready for safe use.

During a Storm

  • Use a mobile device, car radio or other battery-powered radio to monitor news and weather updates.
  • If your power goes out report it. Companies don’t know your power is out unless you tell them.
  • Leave one lamp or light on so you’ll know when power is restored.
  • If using fuel-type portable stoves or lanterns for cooking and lighting, make sure you have good ventilation.

After a Storm

  • To report outages or check status, visit with your mobile device. Or, call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
  • Stay away from downed lines and anything touching them. Charge up mobile phones and other portable devices. Report downed lines by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
  • Use generators safely. Never operate one inside your home or in an enclosed space, such as a garage.


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