Wednesday, July 17, 2024

How to safely handle a power outage during a storm, tips from Dominion

The Historic Triangle could see golf ball sized hail, heavy thunderstorms and even tornadoes Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. (File photo)

As hundreds of thousands across Texas are left without power as Hurricane Harvey ravages the region, Dominion Energy has shared its power outage safety and preparation tips with Hampton Roads residents.

While a tropical cyclone makes its way toward Hampton Roads, Dominion advises its customers to prepare a plan in advance of power outages. This can include keeping cell phones and other important electronic devices charged and maintaining an emergency kit of supplies, the company advised in a press release. 

Supplies such as bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries should be available in advance of a power outage. A complete list of recommended items for an emergency kit can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

Power generators should be fueled and safely connected, and household appliances should be connected through surge protectors.

Dominion monitors the weather and plans accordingly by sending field crews to areas likely to be affected and staffing offices with extra teams.

All power outages should be reported to Dominion’s online outage center.

Dominion customers can also sign up for text and email alerts for outage information.

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