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Dominion crews ready for power outages ahead of snowstorm

Published: Jan. 21, 2016 at 10:50 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2016 at 12:59 AM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Dominion Virginia Power says crews are ready to respond if your power goes out in the upcoming storm.

In Chesterfield, Tony Goodspeed with TT Properties is hurrying to finish renovating this home just before the storm.

"Our realtor wants to get some photos done before the snow comes in," he said.

That includes getting power to the home.  It's one of many jobs Dominion Virginia Power lineman Kevin Henderson is also trying to finish before the snow hits.

Crews are checking rubber gloves and sleeves for holes and making sure there is extra equipment in the truck, so they are ready to get the power back on if Mother Nature cuts the electricity.  It's especially essential before a big storm.

"Last year wasn't too bad but this one's going to be a little doozy. But we're ready for it," says Henderson, who has been a lineman for Dominion for 16 years, fixing the power during and after a big storm. He says the biggest danger is downed power lines and debris. "The wires could be on the ground energized and there's a fear somebody could come into contact or we could come into contact."

It's a job that means long hours away from his family and being on the road when everyone else is told to stay indoors, but he says getting the lights back on is the best part of his job.  He recalled the reaction from the mother of a dialysis patient.

"She came back down the road to thank us," he said.  "Gave us cookies and a card and I almost broke down. It was a heartwarming feeling."

Dominion crews have called in resources from out of state to help with this storm, shifts are expected to last around the clock.

Some other tips from Dominion Virginia Power:

  • Put together an emergency kit with necessities such as flashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and non-perishable goods.
  • Establish an online "Manage Account" with Dominion at www.dom.com and update it with your telephone number, including your cell phone number. This will ensure the accurate and timely reporting of your power outage.
  • Sign up to receive text messages from Dominion. Text DOM to 898366 from any mobile device.
  • Follow Dominion on Twitter and Facebook.  Both are good sources of information and updates throughout the storm event.
  • Communicate with family and friends in advance about emergency plans in the event of extended outages.
  • Make sure all prescription medications are filled.
  • Have a full tank of gas in your car.
  • If you have pets, please make sure you have provided for them as well.
  • If you have a generator, be sure it is fueled, tested, and properly connected before the severe weather arrives.

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