To make sure you and your family have the necessities for an outage, SVEC advises that you prepare a home outage kit. Good items to include are:
Flashlights and extra batteries
A battery operated radio
Candles or lanterns and matches
An alternate source of heat
Canned or packaged foods, powered milk and beverages, dry cereal
Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking; fill bathtub and other containers for flushing toilets and other needs)
Non-electric can opener
Disposable plates and utensils
Camp stove or other emergency cooking device
Extra blankets or sleeping bags
First aid kit
If needed, extra baby food, formula, diapers
Mt. Solon With a wintry mix in the forecast for parts of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) eight-county service area this weekend, SVEC has pulled together key staff members responsible for working these types of situations and has implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the severe weather.
SVEC has extra support staff on standby, ready to respond, should the situation require additional help. SVEC continues to monitor the progression of the storm and is in regular contact with the National Weather Service.
SVEC would like to remind our member/owners that now is the time to prepare for possible inclement weather. The potential for snow, freezing rain, and sleet present the chance for power outages. “Blinking” of lights may also occur, and this is a normal condition during an event such as this. With the forecast amount of ice, it is possible that outages may last an extended period of time.
When tree limbs break as a result of the ice and fall on power lines, outages are possible. SVEC makes every effort to have power restored to members as quickly and safely as possible, and would like to offer these tips in case of an outage:
Do not make any attempts to clear trees or other debris from power lines. Note the location, and any other important information regarding these situations, and contact SVEC. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will work to ensure that power is restored as soon as possible. Avoid contact with downed power lines.
In the event that you lose power and you are an SVEC member, call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832, even if you think your neighbor may have called. It is more effective for SVEC to know where all outages are.