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HURRICANE SEASON

Last week, NOAA warned of an “extremely active” Atlantic hurricane season, with 2-5 major hurricanes now in the forecast.

With this in mind, Roanoke Electric Co-op officials are emphasizing the importance of having hurricane preparedness plans in place. North Carolina sits on the Atlantic coast, and when hurricanes hit the region they often bring with them flooding, power loss and wind-damage. 

The co-op is offering member-owners the following recommendations to help ensure safety and minimize damage to their homes:

Before a Hurricane:

  • Outline a communications and evacuation plan for your family before a hurricane warning is issued to minimize confusion and fear.  If you have pets or any livestock, include them in your plan.
  • Create an emergency kit that includes 72 hours’ worth of food, water, medication and any other supplies you may need.
  • Bring all lawn furniture, decorations, toys and garbage cans in from outside. Tie down items that can’t be brought in like boats and trailers.
  • Fuel up your car. A loss of electricity could put gas stations out of commission until power is restored.
  • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. Plywood can be used to board up windows and doors if your house doesn’t have hurricane shutters.
  • Secure your home and evacuate immediately if you live in a mobile home or flood zone.

 

During a Hurricane:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • If flooding is imminent, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or TV for information about the storm and evacuation procedures.
  • Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
  • Do not go outside until officials have issued an all clear, even if the winds have subsided. You may be in the eye of the hurricane and about to face another round of high-winds and heavy rain.

 

After a Hurricane:

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding even after the hurricane has passed.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to your local co-op.
  • If power was out for an extended period, throw out any food that may have spoiled in the refrigerator.
  • Take pictures of any damage that has occurred to your home for insurance purposes.
  • If running a generator, place it in a dry, well-ventilated area away from air intakes into the home. The generator should be properly grounded and connected to appliances with proper power cords.
  • To report an outage to the co-op, member owners are urged to call 1-800-358-9437. 

 

News and Events

October 30, 2017

With the co-op’s mobile app, member-owners can monitor their daily energy usage and make better informed decisions to save money on their electric bills. 

October 27, 2017

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC

GREENVILLE, SC - Enviva Holdings, LP today announced a $45,000 grant to support African American land retention and healthy forests in northeastern North Carolina.  The grant to the Sustainable Forestry Program of the Roanoke Center—a nonprofit affiliate of the Roanoke Electric Cooperative headquartered in Ahoskie, North Carolina—deepens the existing partnership between Enviva, the Roanoke Center, and the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment).  That program serves forest owners in seven counties in the Cooperative’s service region and near two of Enviva’s wood pellet facilities.

October 17, 2017

Roanoke Electric Co-op is offering water heater control devices. Which boost energy efficiency and savings, free to member-owners.



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