Co-op Prepared for Dorian/Office Close to Public Friday
Due to severe weather associated with Hurricane Dorian, the A&N Electric Cooperative business office will be closed to the public on Friday, Sept. 6. The decision to close the lobby is in the best interests and safety of the cooperative’s members. The cooperative will remain open throughout the duration of the storm and until all outages associated with the storm have been restored.
The Eastern Shore is expected to experience heavy rains and tropical storm force winds associated with Dorian. With heavy rain and strong winds, there is a potential for power outages associated with fallen limbs and trees.
The cooperative and its tree trimming crews are prepared to respond to any outages associated with the storm.
“We’ve been actively tracking Dorian and are prepared for any damage the storm is expected to cause,” said Brian Charnock, Director of Operations and Construction Services for the cooperative. “Our members should prepare themselves for possible outages during the storm. Our crews will work as quickly and safely as they can to restore power.”
If power should go out, please try to cut off heat pumps, electric water heaters and other major appliances so that load will not be excessive when lines are being reenergized. After power has been restored for several minutes, gradually restart only those necessary appliances. After about 30 minutes you should be able to return to normal operation.
Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should make plans for alternate arrangements in the event of prolonged outages.
Cooperative members are urged to continue monitoring forecasts and seek information from trusted, official sources.
Staying safe during and after the storm:
• Stay away from downed wires or damaged electric equipment. Touching energized wires can lead to injuries and death. If you see downed wires, call the Cooperative or 911 immediately.
• If you use a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Some produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly. Make sure your generator is installed properly. A generator must be installed with a double-pole, double throw transfer switch to keep it from backfeeding in the cooperative’s distribution system.
• To report an outage, please call 757-787-9750 or use our SmartHub app. Please do not use social media to report an outage. Live outage information can be found on our website www.anec.com. Our outage map is also available on mobile devices.
• Outage information is also available through local radio stations.
• Outage information will be updated on the cooperative’s Facebook and Twitter pages.