Preparedness is a personal and civic responsibility. With severe weather and uncertainty approaching in the form of Hurricane Irene, here are some tips and resources to stay informed, and prepare for whatever comes our way:
Local Emergency Preparedness & Response
Reporting Power Outages
Rocky Mount Public Utilities: 467-4800
Progress Energy: 800-419-6356
Dominion Power: 866-366-4357
Edgecombe-Martin Electric Cooperative: 800-690-0657
Sharpsburg Public Utilities: 446-9441
Tarboro Public Utilities: (Business Hours) 641-4252; (Evenings & Weekends) 641-4247
Reporting Downed Trees
Rocky Mount: 467-4906
Other Non-Emergency Calls (Only Use 911 in an Actual Emergency)
Rocky Mount: 972-1411
Preparing an Emergency Kit (from City of Rocky Mount)
Every household should create and maintain an emergency supply kit that meets the needs of the entire household. Here are some recommended items for your emergency supply kit:
- bottled water
- a battery powered weather radio; preset your radio if possible to local stations
- batteries of various sizes
- nonperishable food items & a manual can opener
- important prescriptions/medications
- first aid kit
- cash (credit/debit cards won’t work without power!)
- pet food and supplies
- clothing, preferably water-resistant
Further, before a significant weather event reaches our area, be sure to fill your car’s gas tank, charge your cell phone, and call your family, friends, and neighbors who may need your assistance. Give special consideration to individuals with special needs or disabilities.
Home Generator Safety (from Rocky Mount Public Utilities)
Generators can be invaluable after a storm/power outage. Rocky Mount Public Utilities encourages you to follow these suggestions for proper and safe use of portable home generators:
- Use only generators wired by qualified electricians.
- Use only grounded, heavy duty or manufacturer’s supplied extension cords to plug appliances directly into the generator.
- Follow directions when using ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
- Follow safety, maintenance, and operator directions from the generator manufacturer.
- Use the generator in a dry area.
- Turn off the generator before refueling.
- Check the generator for loose lines or frayed/damaged cords-turn it off if damage is discovered.
- Wire a generator into the building’s electrical system without a correctly installed transfer switch.
- Use a generator inside a home or building.
- Place a generator’s air intake near vents, doors or windows.