Following Power Outage Supervisor Urges People to Use Emergency Preparedness Plan

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

List of Heating and Cooling Centers - In the Event of an Emergency

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  • Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department
  • Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Department
  • Dooms Volunteer Fire Department
  • Mount Solon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Swoope Volunteer Fire Department
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  • Churchville Volunteer Fire Department
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VERONA, Va. (WHSV) After a power outage impacted more than 30,000 people in the Valley, a leader in Augusta County responded with a message for residents.

"Anyone that comes in and wants to buy something with a credit card, our credit card machine now works," said Greg Mansker, an employee at Tim Spear's Music City. He is happy power has been restored at his job and at his home.

Augusta County Board of Supervisors' Marshall Pattie has expressed concerns that not many people knew about the emergency preparedness plan in place in the county, which is exactly the case for Mansker who lost power Saturday.

"Nobody has given us any information or anything. The city or anything hasn't given us any information or anything on an emergency plan, it's kind of an individual thing," said Mansker who lost power at his home on Saturday.

"We just did an audit in the last couple of years after the derecho to see which facilities had generators and which were able to take on people," said Pattie.

"We've all received contact saying use less power, because you don't want to overwhelm the system," said Pattie, remarking on the need for more heat in homes after cold weather that hit the Valley on Monday and Tuesday.

"I want everyone to know where to go in case of an emergency and I don't think we're there yet," said Pattie.

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