ASHEBORO, NC – Randolph Electric Membership Corporation is currently monitoring winter weather advisories issued for its service area in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance counties.
“We anticipate a major ice event,” said Randolph EMC CEO Dale Lambert. “We want our members to know that all crews are ready to respond immediately to any potential power outages.”
Recent models predict rain and freezing rain to begin late Wednesday evening through Friday. Some models show the possibility of ice accumulations in excess of one-quarter inch. However, ice events such as these hinge on the variation of one to two degrees in temperature shifts. Such a shift could alter the forecast considerably.
With the possibility of power outages, Randolph EMC line technician crews and customer service staff are on stand-by in preparation to respond at any time of the day or night should power outages occur. Randolph EMC has recalled all crews that were dispatched to aid in power restoration in areas experiencing outages from this past weekend’s ice storm so they will be in place for this storm. To restore power as safely and quickly as possible, REMC crews have stocked trucks with materials needed for repairs and tested equipment to ensure its readiness. Randolph Electric has integrated CDC recommendations such as social distancing and other COVID compliance measures into its storm response plan.
Tips for Preparing, Reporting outages
Members can find resources and severe weather preparation checklists for protecting your home, family, pets, and livestock on NCStormCenter.coop.
In the event of downed or low-hanging power lines, members should exercise extreme caution. Damaged lines can still carry electric current and cause serious injury or death. Members should stay well away from downed lines and contact REMC immediately. Additionally, drivers should slow down and give utility crews and emergency responders on the side of road plenty of room to maneuver in their work area.
Members who purchase generators should consult an electrician before installing. Only use generators away from your home and never run a generator inside the home or garage or connect it to your home’s electrical system. Additionally, those with kerosene heaters should exercise caution since these appliances can create a fire and safety hazard.
Members who experience a power outage should report it by calling 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). Members who have enrolled in REMC’s SPOTT (Status of Power Outages Through Texts) Alerts Outage Texting program may also text OUT to this number to report an outage at their location. These members should note that outage status updates will be unavailable during storm outage restoration efforts.
Throughout the duration of the storm, Randolph EMC offers several options for keeping members informed: