LENOIR — Blue Ridge Energy announced on Dec. 5 that crews are on high alert and are monitoring potential impacts from the winter storm that is expected to impact the region this weekend.

Line technicians are prepping trucks with all necessary supplies and materials for any outages that may occur as a result of the storm, according to Blue Ridge Energy. System operators monitor the Blue Ridge power system and weather on a daily, 24-hour basis and all other employees are on high alert, ready to respond to member needs, including the cooperative’s member/customer service contact center. 

Blue Ridge Energy urges members to be proactive and make preparations to remain safe and comfortable in the event of an outage. While specific precipitation types and amounts continue to be fine-tuned, forecasts indicate that our service area may be heavily impacted by the storm.

The following are ways Blue Ridge Energy suggests to prepare for the weather:

  • Assemble an emergency kit. It should include at least a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, first aid supplies, a flashlight, weather radio and extra batteries. Include a list of emergency contacts.
  • Charge your cell phone and have external, backup power sources charged.
  • Stay tuned to local forecasts.
  • Fill up vehicles with fuel before the storm as a loss of power could put affect gas stations.
  • Consider having supplies handy for propane or charcoal grills. Be sure to grill outdoors in well ventilated areas for safety.
  • Gather supplies in case it is needed to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

Blue Ridge Energy outage reporting can be made by calling 1 (800) 448-2383. Members can also report outages on the Blue Ridge Energy mobile app — available for free on app stores.

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. Learn more at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com.

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