Get Ready For Hurricane Season
-The start of hurricane season is June 1; families encouraged to prepare
-Dominion implementing new fallen wire identification process to help
-Enroll in text alerts to stay informed during storms
RICHMOND, Va., June 3, 2014
RICHMOND, Va., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Hurricane season is officially
here, and preparing for severe storms is an important part of ushering in the
warm summer days. Dominion Virginia Power is making sure it's prepared for the
2014 hurricane season and urging its customers to do the same.
"There are some simple ways you can get your family ready for a storm," said
David Rives, Senior Vice President, Distribution at Dominion Virginia Power.
"Assemble an emergency preparedness kit, ensure your vehicle has a full tank
of gas, have some cash on hand, and stay connected with us on Facebook and
Twitter for updates before, during, and after a storm."
Dominion works year-round with state and local authorities to make sure it can
respond quickly to the extensive damage that major storms, especially
hurricanes, can cause. As the start of hurricane season approaches, Dominion
conducts refresher training and emergency preparedness and response drills.
Customers may see Dominion doing something new this year—a new fallen wire
identification and prioritization process will be implemented after major
Public safety is the top priority for Dominion, and crews will continue to
investigate every report of a downed wire. After major storms, customers may
see a new marking system—yellow tape around a wire that is part of Dominion's
system, or orange tape around a wire that belongs to another utility. Dominion
will investigate the wire and then contact the owner utility after ensuring
that the wire does not pose animminent threat to public safety.
Dominion reminds customers to treat all downed lines and anything touching
them as energized and dangerous. Be sure your children know the danger.
Before a storm approaches, here are a few things to remember:
oBe sure your phone number is up to date on your account. You can update
the number online through Manage Your Account or by calling our phone
number update line at 1-800-222-0401.
oSign up for Dominion text alerts by visiting the website at
www.dom.com/news/text-alerts.jsp to choose the region you would like to
receive alerts for.
oPut together an emergency preparedness kit with needed supplies such as
flashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and
If you experience an outage:
oCheck the status or report your power outage using your smartphone and
visiting www.Dom.com or by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP. Bookmark the website or
program the phone number into your phone to keep it handy in case the
lights go out.
oAfter reporting an outage, turn off major appliances such as heat pumps,
water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos,
microwaves and computers. This may extend the life of appliances and
reduce possible overloads to the company's system when power is restored.
Leave one lamp or light on so you will be able to recognize when power is
oLook after neighbors and relatives who may need assistance if they lose
oFollow safe operating procedures for generators. Never operate one inside
your home or in an enclosed space, such as a garage. Do not hook them
directly to the electrical system of your home. Electricity could flow
backward onto our power lines and endanger repair crews. The correct, safe
technique is to follow the instructions provided with the generator and
always use proper-sized extension cords.
Additional resources are available, such as the hurricane evacuation
guidelines on the Virginia Department of Transportation's website:
You may also find additional information on the Virginia Department of
Emergency Management's website at:
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters
of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems and
serves utility and retail energy customers in 10 states. For more information
about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com
Contact: CONTACTS: Janell Hancock, (804) 771-6115, Janell.M.Hancock@dom.com,
Bonita Harris, (757) 857-2700, Bonita.B.Harris@dom.com, Chuck Penn, (703)
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