RUSTBURG, VA - Following this past weekend’s ice storm, the freezing rain and sleet forecasted for Thursday (2/18) may bring additional power outages and hazardous road conditions.
If you have medical needs that rely on electricity, make plans now to sustain those systems should you lose power for an extended time frame. As always, call 911 immediately if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Those who are without power from last week’s storm should take added precautions to keep warm and safe during this upcoming ice event. Have adequate non-perishable food, water, medicine, batteries, fuel and any needed pet supplies on-hand. Make sure to use alternative heat sources safely. For details on alternative heat source safety, please click here.
If you cannot get warm at home, any library or rescue/fire agency in your community can serve as a temporary warming station. You can also charge your electronic devices at any Campbell County Public Library during operating hours. For more information on how to keep warm while sheltering at home, please click here.
Be sure to call or check in on your neighbors or those who may need special assistance in your neighborhood. Please note, that due to COVID-19, masking and social distancing should be applied in public warming areas and if around others not in your immediate family.
Please do not call 911 to report power outages as this ties up lines and resources for those experiencing medical emergencies. Call your electric service provider to directly report any power outages. If you see a downed power line, do not go near it and report it immediately to the electric company for that area.
If your power is out for an extended period, throw out any food that has been out of temperature (above 45 degrees) for more than a few hours. Be sure to turn off/unplug major appliances, TV units, etc. to avoid a power surges when electric service has been restored.
Bring pets indoors during severe winter weather. Do not leave animals tied outside as outdoor pet structures cannot adequately keep out harmful cold. If you have livestock, prepare barns, supplies and water sources in advance.
As always, avoid travel when road conditions are icy. This not only keeps you safe, but also keeps roadways clear for emergency vehicles and VDOT crews.
If you have to drive, travel slowly. Please be aware that power outages may disable traffic lights. Treat any intersection with a disabled traffic light as a four-way stop.
Be sure to register for CodeRed, a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails and social media. The system will be used to keep you informed of local events that may immediately impact your safety. To do so, please visit: www.co.campbell.va.us/566/CodeRED-Emergency-Alert-System and follow the prompts.
For additional information on winter storm safety, please visit the following links:
Campbell County Winter Preparedness
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia Department of Transportation Updates
Appalachian Electric Power
Southside Electric Cooperative