NOTICE TO WEC MEMBERS
Washington Electric Cooperative is warning members of hazardous weather conditions beginning the night of Friday, January 14, 2022 and lasting through Monday, January 16, 2022. CLICK HERE for guidance on how to prepare for power outages.
Low Temperatures & Wind Chill: Temperatures will fall to well below zero Friday night with wind chill values of as low as -40 throughout the state overnight and through Saturday noon. Avoid outside activities because frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. If you must be outside, wear appropriate clothing, a hat, boots, and gloves.
High Winds: Beginning Sunday night, moderate snow and severe wind arrive, with northeasterly wind gusts as high as 45 to 60 mph. These high winds have the potential to cause power outages throughout Vermont. Remember: If you see lines down, do not touch or approach them. They could still be energized. Please report any downed wires or trees by calling us immediately at 802-223-5245 or 1-800-932-5245.
While WEC has experienced few large-scale outages this winter, members should be prepared for outages this weekend. Have plenty of water, non-perishable food for both you and any pets, warm clothing and blankets, fuel and/or firewood, candles and flashlights, batteries, and any backup power sources ready. Ensure any livestock are warm and secured with food and water. Tie down or stow anything outside that could blow away. If you need to relocate for a couple of days, make those plans now.
- Call 211 to find any emergency resource you need: food, mental health, fuel, shelter, and anything else. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
- If you are in danger of running out of fuel, call the toll-free Emergency Fuel Assistance number: 1-800-479-6151
- For food, housing, weatherization, and other services, contact your local Community Action Agency: either Capstone (capstonevt.org) or Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA, nekca.org)
- If you need help paying your WEC bill, call Member Services: 802-223-5245 or 1-800-932-5245
See the National Weather Service for detailed daily forecasts.
Please be advised that WEC has taken the necessary protection measures within the COVID-19 guidelines to be prepared for outage events.