ANEC Prepares for Hurricane Florence
A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) is preparing for severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence. Currently the projected path of the hurricane predicts it will make landfall on the East Coast in North Carolina, with the effects of the storm extending into our area. At this time, forecasters are calling for tropical storm force winds and significant flooding to affect our service area.
The cooperative will continue to monitor the storm’s movement and will be prepared to react to any changes in its projected path.
“Now is the time to prepare your hurricane supplies and go over your family’s hurricane plan,” said Jackie Phillips, A&N Electric Cooperative Safety Director.
All A&N Electric Cooperative crews will be ready beginning later this week to be dispatched to restore power if outages occur.
“The cooperative is taking every precaution with this storm and planning for any worst case scenarios,” said Brian Charnock, Director of Operations and Construction Services.
During an outage ANEC crews work to restore power to critical needs facilities. From there crews will work on the cooperative’s main distribution circuits and branch out from there to restore electricity to other members affected by the outage.
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.
Make an Emergency Supply Kit
As with any major weather event members are asked to gather the following items in the event of extended loss of power and access to commercial business.
- Bottled water (one gallon per person, per day) for 3 to 7 days
- Nonperishable canned or packaged food for 3 to 7 days
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- Stock a first aid kit
- A non-electric can opener
- A corded telephone
- Toiletries and other personal hygiene products
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- Battery operated radio and a NOAA weather radio
- Cash (Banks and/or ATMs may not be open)
- Pet supplies
- All vehicles fully fueled
- Important documents, including your pet's information
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.
- To report an outage, please call 757-787-9750. 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 TV and radio stations.
- Outage information will be updated on ANEC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.