REC Asks Members to Prepare Before Winter Weather Strikes

With a chance of snow in the weekend forecast, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is encouraging its members to be prepared in case of a power outage.

REC will closely monitor the weather in anticipation of possible electric service interruptions caused by the approaching weather system which could bring snow, ice and high wind gusts. The forecasted conditions have the potential to bring trees and tree limbs down onto power lines, causing power outages.

While distribution power lines are built to withstand extreme conditions, it is still possible for a power outage to occur. REC says that all equipment is ready for a potential storm and that trucks are stocked with necessary inventory.

If a major outage does occur, REC asks that members please be patient as restoring power quickly and safely is the Cooperative’s top priority. After reporting an outage REC says members should listen to local radio stations for frequent updates. Having a home outage kit can make the inconvenience of a power outage more bearable. The following is a list of the basic essentials to include in your kit:

Flashlights and extra batteries
Battery-operated radio
Candles or lanterns and matches
Alternate source of heat
Canned or packaged foods, powdered milk and beverages, dry cereal

* Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking; fill bathtub and other containers for flushing toilets and other needs)

Non-electric can opener
Disposable plates and utensils
Camp stove or other emergency cooking device
Extra blankets or sleeping bags
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit
If needed, extra baby food, formula, diapers

REC provides electric service to over 154,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.