MT CRAWFORD, Va -- With strong winds and the possibility of a wintry mix of snow or rain in the forecast for parts of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s (SVEC) eight-county service area, the Cooperative has implemented a plan of action to coordinate its response to the potential severe weather.
SVEC has extra support staff on standby, ready to respond, should the situation require additional assistance. SVEC will continue to monitor the progression of the storm and is in regular contact with the National Weather Service.
The Cooperative would like to remind their members and owners that now is the time to prepare for possible inclement weather. The predicted wintry mix of snow or rain, coupled with projected wind speeds presents the chance for power outages. “Blinking” of lights may also occur, and this is a normal condition during an event such as this. In addition, with the forecasted amount of winds and possibility of snow, there is a chance for outages, if they occur, to last extended periods of time.
When tree limbs break as a result of increased weight and fall on power lines, outages are possible. SVEC makes every effort to have power restored to members as quickly and as 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 immediately.
The 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 located.
It is a good idea to make sure that your cell phone, if you have one, is completely charged, in the event of an outage.