Rural Electric Cooperative

Preparations for December Ice Storm Continue


Starting early morning December 8, our service territory is expected to get anywhere between .25 and .5 inches of ice. With this much ice, we can expect to have widespread and extreme situation related to power outages. The ice is going to make it hard to get along and the sheer amount of damage could make this a lengthy event. People should prepare them selves to be without power for up an extended length of time, depending on the amount of damage. 

The Cooperative has been in contact with all of our outside employees and have lined up all of our contract crews to help with power restoration. We have also utilized our statewide association, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, to secure extra crews from one of our sister cooperatives in Virginia. In preparation for this and any other winter storm, take into account the following information. 

  1. 1.) Keep a battery-operated radio handy to stay informed about the storm’s progress and cleanup operations.

  2. 2.) If you have a standby or portable generator, make sure it’s ready to use and that you know how to operate it safely.

  3. 3.) Stock up on non-perishable, ready-to-eat food and bottled water, and have ready a water source for any pets or livestock.

  4. 4.) Prepare alternate sources of heat, such as a fireplace, kerosene or propane heater, that don’t require electricity.

  5. 5.) In addition to flashlights, purchase inexpensive headlamps to keep hands free while doing chores in the dark.

  6. 6.) Fill up the fuel tank on your vehicles and equip each with an emergency kit (jumper cables, a small shovel, cat litter or sand to help provide traction, and a blanket, water and snack food in case you get stranded).

  7. 7.) Make sure one of your house phones is the non-cordless kind that works even if the lights go out, and keep your mobile phone charged.

If you experience an outage, please make sure to call our office at 540.864.5121 or 800.760.2232.