As you are likely aware, Hurricane Sandy is already beginning to bear down on the East Coast. Here in the Valley, we are already seeing the effects of Sandy, and it is forecasted to only going to get worse over the next 48 hours or so. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you information that will be beneficial to make note of as we begin to feel the strongest impact to our area. Though the "eye" of the storm may not pass through the Valley, this does not mean that we won't be significantly impacted by Sandy. Regardless of exactly how the storm tracks, we are still expecting long periods of high winds, significant rainfall, and depending on where you’re located, possibly snowfall.
With expected high winds, power outages will be likely...
- Charge your cell phones and laptops now so you will still have battery power in the event of a power outage.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed.
- Using a flashlight is safer than using a candle for lighting.
- Place generators far enough away that Carbon Monoxide won't enter the home.
- If you have a land line, use a phone that does not require electricity so that you will still have phone service even if you lose power.
- If you lose power, be sure to report the outage to your respective provider.
Dominion - 1-866-366-4357
Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop. - 1-800-234-7832
Central Valley Electric Coop. - 1-800-367-2832
Please be sure to use 9-1-1 only for true emergencies.
To check road conditions, you can call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org
For general information about the storm and the response effort, dial 211 or visit www.vaemergency.gov
By now, I hope you have made your necessary preparations. Please stay tuned to local media for the latest updates and information. Avoid driving or going out into the storm if at all possible.