Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The storm is expected to blanket our neighborhood with 12-24 inches of snow over the weekend. The snow is predicted to start middaytomorrow
and continue through Saturday
I hope that the following information will assist you in preparing for the storm and reporting any major outages in your area.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance working with Dominion, VDOT, Fairfax County or Arlington County. You can reach me by email at DelALopez@house.virginia.gov
or by phone at (571) 336-2147
Member, 49th District
Virginia House of Delegates
Office of Emergency Management
Arlington - (703) 228-3314 - Emergency Management Website
Fairfax - (571) 350-1000 - Emergency Management Website
What should you do to prepare?
- Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and information.
- Follow the Capital Weather Gang online - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/
- Make sure your family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for an extended weather event.
- Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™, which features a customizable emergency plan, a checklist for gathering emergency supplies, and an "I'm Safe!" feature that allows you to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know you are safe.
- Have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries in case power goes out. Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit and medications, blankets and other supplies (www.ReadyVirginia.gov).
- Real-time road closures and traffic conditions are available by dialing 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
During the storm, if electricity is interrupted
- Report an outage at Dominion’s web site, dom.com, via your computer, smartphone or other mobile devices. To report outages through one of these devices, all a customer needs is 10-digit telephone number associated with the account, and the last four digits of their Social Security number, federal tax identification number, or PIN. This information will be used to confirm the outages’ locations. Customers will also be asked for contact information to enable Dominion to obtain additional details regarding the outage if necessary. Additionally, customers using smartphones will be automatically directed to a mobile website through which they can obtain outage updates and view power outages by city and county.
- Customers who lose power can also report the outages through Dominion’s toll-free customer service line, 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
- The company will also issue periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter (DomVaPower).
- If you experience an outage, report it and then turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will help protect the appliances and prevent 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 restored.
- If using portable or camp-type stoves or lanterns for cooking and lighting, ensure that the area is adequately ventilated.
After the storm has passed
- Listen to your local radio station on your car or battery-powered radio for regular news and weather updates. Don’t rely on your neighbors to report your outage. Call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or go to www.dom.com.
- Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized.
- Follow safe operating procedures for electric 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 backwards onto our power lines and endanger repair crews. The correct, safe technique is to plug directly into the generator with proper-sized extension cords.
- Visually inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP.
- Dominion Virginia Power Storm Center: http://www.dom.com/storm-center/index.jsp
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management: http://www.vaemergency.com/
- National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
- Arlington County - Report a Snow Issue Form - http://egov.arlingtonva.us/snowrequest/Home/ESRI
- Arlington County - Snow and Ice Central -http://emergency.arlingtonva.us/weather/snow-ice/
- VDOT Snow Removal/Plow Tracking Website - http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov/ (for Fairfax County Residents)
- Fairfax County Emergency Information Website - https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/
- WTOP List of Closings and Delays in our Region - http://wtop.com/closings-and-delays/