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Power Outages - Don’t be in the Dark

Power outages are usually associated with snow, ice and heavy winds, but they can occur at anytime. The largest blackout in this country’s history impacted 50 million people in August 2003.

Blackouts can knock out traffic lights, shut down airports, disable telephone systems and bring electronic transactions to a halt.

As you continue to prepare for winter weather in Virginia, pay special attention to preparation and response for power outages and blackouts. U.Va. Alerts text messages will not be sent for winter weather events.

  • Prepare your electronic equipment before a power disruption by backing up computer files and unplugging equipment.
  • Update your emergency supply kit, making sure extra batteries and battery- operated flashlights and radios are included
  • Be smart when the power is out. Use flashlights, not candles. Operate your generator according to the manufacturer's instructions. And listen to the radio to stay informed.

For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or