Randolph EMC Prepared for Potential Impacts of Hurricane Michael

Asheboro, N.C., October 10, 2018 - Randolph Electric Membership Corporation is closely monitoring Hurricane Michael’s track toward the Carolinas. With an activated storm response plan, crews are using this time to stock trucks with materials needed for repairs, test equipment to make sure it is ready for use and coordinating with sister cooperatives and contract line crews to assist with power restoration efforts.

While we are still uncertain of how the service areas in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance counties will be impacted, the cooperative is ready to respond at a moment’s notice. “The cooperative’s top priority is serving members and their communities, and we will do everything we can to minimize disruption to service while keeping members informed and safe,” said Dale Lambert, CEO of Randolph EMC. 

Randolph EMC is preparing for the potential of strong winds and heavy rains that could result in outages. If your electric service is provided by Randolph Electric Membership Corporation and you experience a power problem or outage, call 1-877-736-2633, (1-877-REMC-OFF). Members who have enrolled in REMC’s SPOTT Alerts Outage Texting program may also text OUT to this number to report an outage at their location. These members should note that outage status updates will be unavailable during storm outage restoration efforts.

Throughout the duration of the storm, Randolph EMC offers several options for keeping members informed:

  • Follow Randolph EMC on Facebook and Twitter
  • View the online outage map at https://Outages.RandolphEMC.com
  • Find the latest press releases, alerts and preparedness tips on our website at RandolphEMC.com
  • Tune in to local TV and radio stations for the latest updates

Before the storm reaches central North Carolina, take the time to prepare:

  • 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 at least 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.
  • Make sure Randolph EMC has your current contact information listed in your account for the quickest response. 
  • Charge cell phones and other mobile devices. 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.
  • Ensure that generators are properly connected. Make sure portable generators are used in well-ventilated areas. Do not connect a generator to your home’s electrical panel or fuse boxes. It may cause electricity to feed back into the power lines, which can endanger linemen and damage electric service facilities.
  • Visit ready.gov for important safety information and additional preparedness tips.