Emergency storm resources and phone numbers

No shelters open:

Local officials have not opened any storm shelters. We erroneously reported that the opening of an Emergency Communications Center as a shelter. Sorry!

Power companies serving Charlemarle:

Dominion: 1-866-366-4357 (1-866-DOM-HELP) and Dominion on Facebook
–> Dominion Virginia Power's outage map
–> Dominion Virginia Power's list of daily work locations (click "Shenandoah Valley/Western Piedmont")

Appalachian Power: 1-800-956-4237
–>Appalachian Power's outage map

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative: 800-367-2832
–>Central Virginia Electric's outage map

Electricity out? The power companies say, "Always report your outage, and always report downed lines." They say they will not know your power is out unless you tell them.


Key sources for for information

ROAD CLOSURES:511virginia.org OR dial 5-1-1
REPORT A CRASH: #77 on a cell phone to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency
GENERAL INFO:communityemergency.org or dial 434-979-1636 is our locality’s non-emergency number for updated storm-related and shelter information. Statewide, try 2-1-1, the public inquiry number for Virginia residents.
POLICE in Charottesville: 434-970-3280 (non-emergency number)
POLICE in Albemarle: 434-977-9041

In trouble?

Folks in non-drastic trouble can call the Emergency Communications Center non-emergency number at 977-9041. Those needing emergency assistance should call 911.


Albemarle press release 10/27:

This morning, the Albemarle County Voter Registration Department received word from the Virginia State Board of Elections that in light of the forecasted severe weather conditions and the Governor’s announced state of emergency, registered voters who are concerned that they may not be able to travel to their precinct polling locations on election day, November 6, due to possible power outages, impassable roads, etc., may vote absentee in advance of the election.  The State Board advises that the acceptable absentee reason for these absentee applicants will be: 1D – Personal Business or Vacation – Severe Weather.

Qualified Albemarle County voters may vote an absentee ballot in-person at the Department of Voter Registration and Elections, 5th Street County Office Building, 1600 5th Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902.   Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.  For in-person absentee voting, in addition to regular weekday office hours, the office at 1600 5th Street will be open on Saturday, October 27, 2012 and Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.   Saturday, November 3, 2011 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for in-person absentee voting for the November 6 general election, except for certain limited emergency situations.


• National Weather Service official forecast

• Virginia Department of Emergency Management


from the archives:

Hook-compiled resources for the summer's derecho

–this page last updated at 10:13am on Tuesday, October 29

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Instead of buying more food it may be prudent to look for goodies in your freezer tonight.

And check the wood pile for those with fire warming capability. Without electricity and cold temps on the way our houses may be mighty chilly.

I see Romney Ryan signs being blown all over the place. This folks is the forecast of things to come.

Is there an emergency number I can call to get Pizza delivered during the storm?