ENERGYUNITED PREPARES FOR POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF ISAIAS
STATESVILLE, N.C. – EnergyUnited is closely monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Isaias as the storm approaches the North Carolina and South Carolina coastlines. While the storm is currently projected to only have a minimal impact on EnergyUnited members based on current weather models, we are prepared to respond should any outages occur. Because cooperatives are based in the communities they serve, they can address any impacts quickly and begin restoration efforts as soon as conditions are safe.
“We are continuing to monitor this storm and are prepared to respond should we experience any outages,” said Wayne Wilkins, chief executive officer of EnergyUnited. “We urge everyone to prepare now by making a plan, assembling an emergency kit and following guidance from state and local emergency management officials.”
Some simple things you can do before the storm are:
- Make a plan. Outline a communications and evacuation plan for your family. If you have any pets or livestock, include them in your plan.
- Assemble an emergency kit. It should include a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water and medication, as well as any other items you might need in case of a power outage, such as a flashlight, radio and batteries.
- Medical assistance: If you have a loved one that needs power for any type of medical device, make sure you have a back-up plan in the event power goes out. (ex: dialysis machine, breathing apparatus, etc.)
- Charge your cell phone. This will allow you to stay connected to emergency and safety updates even if the power goes out.
- Secure outdoor items. Safely store lawn furniture, decorations, toys, garbage cans and other items that can be brought indoors. Tie down larger objects like boats and trailers.
- Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. Plywood can be used to board up windows and doors if your house doesn’t have hurricane shutters.
- Fuel up. Fill vehicles before the storm as a loss of power could put gas pumps out of commission.
While you are preparing at home, EnergyUnited crews are also using this time to stock their trucks with materials needed for repairs and are testing equipment to make sure it is ready for use. Other important details can be found here:
- EnergyUnited Outage Reporting Number: 1-800-EUNITED (1-800-386-4833)
- Real-time outage numbers from EnergyUnited are available on our Outage Map.
- Visit our Storm Center Page important up-to-date information
About EnergyUnited EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is the largest electric cooperative in North Carolina serving more than 130,000 metering points. Headquartered in Statesville, EnergyUnited provides electric service in portions of nineteen counties in west central North Carolina which include Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. EnergyUnited Propane provides products and services to more than 23,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 100 counties across Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Visit EnergyUnited online at www.energyunited.com to learn more about our electric and propane businesses.