Preparing for Hurricane Isaias
8/4/20 - 8:20 a.m. Thank you for staying safe through this storm! 8/3/20 - 8:00 a.m. Piedmont Electric has been tracking Tropical Storm Isaias which is forecast to make landfall along the Carolina coast Monday night through Tuesday morning. While areas east of I-95 are expected to feel the most impact from this storm, our area will still see strong winds, heavy rain and potential for moderate flooding and tornado activity. Due to saturated soils and strong winds, downed trees and power lines are at an increased risk. Conditions should begin to improve south to north late Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. Piedmont Electric is prepared should power outages occur. Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your home or business. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with orders that are issued. For addition sources of information, visit:
- National Weather Service - Raleigh
- For information on appropriate preparations see readync.org
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org
7/31/20 - 10:00 a.m.Piedmont Electric is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Isaias which could impact our area early next week. We are prepared and ready to respond should this weather event cause power outages. We encourage our members to always be prepared for storms as well. Take a look at FEMA's emergency kit list to make sure you're ready throughout this hurricane season. In addition, Piedmont Electric would like to encourage co-op members to keep their cell phones charged and consider purchasing an external cell phone battery pack, as prolonged outages are always a possibility following a hurricane. This will allow you to stay connected to necessary emergency and safety updates. If you experience an outage, you can report it through SmartHub, by calling us at 800.222.3107 or by texting us after you sign up for our outage alert program. We will continue to post future updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website. Thank you for staying safe! Storm safety tips
- Never go near a downed or sagging power line. Do not attempt to remove debris from power lines as the lines could still be energized. Call 911 and report the downed line to Piedmont Electric at 800.222.3107.
- Remember to conserve the battery in your phones to make emergency calls and consider purchasing an external cell phone battery pack.
- Create an emergency outage kit which includes the following: flashlight, non-perishable foods, manual can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio and clock, extra batteries and any medications you need.
- If you have a generator, review your generator’s safety instructions before each use and only run a generator outdoors away from doors, windows and vents. A garage does not count as a well-ventilated space.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours.