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Power Outages - Welcome to the Dark Side


February 11, 2010 — Our area has experienced its snowiest winter in recorded history, bringing with it widespread power outages. Power outages interrupt your life the most when you are unprepared. Being informed and having supplies ready can lessen the impact of an outage.

There are four primary power companies that service our area; each experienced interruptions to service with these recent storms. If you lose power or see downed lines, call your power company to report it:

Each company has interactive Web sites with good information – everything from how to report an outage to safety tips during an outage. Visit these sites before an outage to be sure you are informed on what to expect.


Tips to minimize the disruption of an outage:



This information is a compilation from Dominion Power and the US Fire Administration. For more information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or




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