Power Outages

Tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes, heatwaves and other events can all cause power outages that can last for days or weeks.

Get ready for a power outage

  • Listen to local TV or radio for information about the power outage.
  • Maintain a backup of all critical files on your computer.
  • Plug computers and televisions into surge protectors, or unplug them.
  • Charge any batteries you need to run portable electronic devices that you use regularly.
  • Make sure you can find your emergency supply kit in the dark.
  • Use a flashlight; candles can ignite a gas leak or cause a fire.
  • Be safe with generators and space heaters.
  • Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
  • Stay off the roads.

Be ready. Be mobile.

VDEM Ready Virginia Mobile App

Prepare for any type of emergency situation. Find out about disasters in advance with local weather and public health alerts. Locate hurricane evacuation routes and nearby open shelters. Preparing for disasters is one of the most important things you can do for the safety of you and your family. The Ready Virginia app provides you with up-to-the-minute information that affects every Virginian.

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