County will open Warming Center if citizens without power make request

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Prince Edward County, in coordination with the Town of Farmville, is ready to open a temporary warming center, if requested by residents who are still without power. At present, 320 customers in the County and Town are still without power. If you are without power, please call the Prince Edward County Department of Social Services at 434-392-3113 and ask for warming center assistance, and they will respond.

Additionally, The Southside Virginia YMCA (580 Commerce Road, Farmville) is continuing to invite Prince Edward County residents to utilize showers, running water and to charge devices (membership is not required).

1. Anyone over the age of 18 must provide identification.
2. Due to the COVID-19 environment, access will be controlled for social distancing.
3. Masks are required for non-members to enter the Y.
4. The Y encourages people to call ahead and make a reservation for shower access. They will make every effort to accommodate walk-ins. Bring your towels, toiletries, etc.
5. Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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With another round of snow in the forecast, County and Town public safety officials encourage residents to:
1. Be prepared, in advance, to stay home and take care of yourself and your family, and help your neighbors for at least 72 hours, in case roads are icy and/or there are widespread power outages.
2. Stay off the roads during winter storms unless travel is absolutely necessary.

3. Those who must be on the road during winter storms should reduce speed, increase following distance and use VDOT’s free 511 tools to find out about road conditions along your route.
4. Check on older and homebound neighbors, family, and friends.
5. Animal owners must bring pets inside from the cold or provide adequate shelter. During cold weather, the shelter must have a windbreak at its entrance and provide bedding material (such as straw, cedar shavings, or similar) that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat. Virginia law prohibits leaving tethered dogs outside when the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
6. Always run generators outside in a well-ventilated area.
7. Letting a faucet drip during extreme cold weather can help prevent a pipe from freezing.
8. If you experience a power outage, it is essential that you report your outage to the electric provider:
• Dominion Energy: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
• Southside Electric Cooperative: 1-866-878-5514
• Central Virginia Electric Cooperative: 1-800-367-2832

Citizens are encouraged to closely monitor winter weather forecasts for the latest information and updates.