REMC Launches Storm Plan ahead of Severe Winter Weather

Thursday, January 13, 2022

ASHEBORO, NC – Randolph Electric Membership Corporation has activated its Storm Response Plan and is currently monitoring winter weather advisories issued for its service area in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance Counties.  Recent models from the National Weather Service (NWS) predict significant snow and ice accumulation this weekend.

“We are preparing for a multi-day outage event,” said Randolph EMC CEO Dale Lambert. “We want our members to know that our employee and contractor teams are prepared and ready to respond when power outages start occurring.”

“The issue we are watching with this storm is the possibility of freezing rain falling on top of wet snow and adding additional weight on trees,” said Lambert. “We are preparing for a significant storm event and I ask our members to also make preparations. Plan as if you will be out of power for several days and have the necessities your family needs on hand.”

With the probability of significant power outages, Randolph EMC line technician crews, member service staff and contract personnel are on stand-by to respond should power outages occur. Despite COVID concerns, Randolph EMC’s workforce is at full capacity, and all crews stand on alert. REMC has also called on utility crews from sister cooperatives and its contractors to supplement its workforce. REMC crews have fully stocked trucks with materials needed for repairs and tested equipment to ensure its readiness.

Tips for Severe Weather, Reporting outages

Members can find resources and severe weather preparation checklists for protecting your home, family, pets, and livestock on NCStormCenter.coop

In the event of downed or low-hanging power lines, members should exercise extreme caution. Damaged lines can still carry electric current and cause serious injury or death.  Members should stay well away from downed lines and contact REMC immediately.  Additionally, drivers should slow down and give utility crews and emergency responders on the side of road plenty of room to maneuver in their work area.

Members who experience a power outage should report it by calling 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF). Members who have enrolled in REMC’s alert outage texting program, SPOTT (Status of Power Outages Through Texts), 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 major 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

About Randolph Electric Membership Corporation
Randolph Electric Membership Corp. is a community-focused electric cooperative created to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to more than 33,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. Randolph EMC is led by and belongs to member-owners in areas of Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham and Alamance counties. For the latest information about Randolph EMC’s programs and service, visit RandolphEMC.com or follow Randolph EMC on Facebook and Twitter.