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Shentel Prepares for Winter Snowstorm

Posted 5 March 2013 12:00 AM by Shentel

With snow warnings for Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland through Wednesday, Shentel is making plans to deal with the effects of the heavy snowfall. We are fueling generators, checking our equipment and scheduling technicians to be available after and, in some cases, during the storm.

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 18 inches of snow in the Shenandoah Valley and higher elevations in West Virginia and Oakland, Md. The forecast calls for heavy, wet snow which always causes problems in addition to hampering travel. Heavy snow means downed trees and limbs as well as power and cable lines. Residents in the storm’s path are being encouraged to prepare for extended periods without power and are cautioned to stay away from any downed lines.  Shentel customers also may experience service outages because of this storm. Should your service interruptions extend after power has been restored, please call 1-800-743-6835.

Here are some general tips to prepare for a significant snowfall. Shentel advises you to use caution and stay safe.

  • Gather battery-powered radio and flashlights and make sure they work and that you have plenty of fresh batteries. Self-powered flash lights and radios (with cranks) also come in handy and many can be used to charge cell phones as well.
  • Collect candles as well, but place carefully with children and pets in the home.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items and bottled water. Make sure you have enough to last three or four days. Also a good idea to fill your bathtub with water.
  • Make sure your first aid kit is up to date and that you have a good supply of sterile bandages, disinfectant, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter painkillers available.
  • Charge your cell phone, tablets, laptops – any electronic equipment that you may want to use for contact or entertainment during the storm.
  • Make sure your car is filled with gas in case you need to go out at a time when service stations are not yet operational.
  • Think of anything your house may need before the storm hits – baby formula, pet food, prescription medicines, etc.