Last updated: January 29. 2014 1:18PM - 119 Views
By Lenny C. Lepola newsguy@ee.net

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Power outage early Tuesday:

Vineyard opened as warming shelter

Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Sean Miller said 237 Eastern Delaware County AEP customers were without power in Tuesday morning. Because of the bitter cold temperatures a warming shelter was opened at Vineyard Church of Delaware County at 1001 West Cherry Street in Sunbury.

The Vineyard Church warming shelter was closed at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning when county libraries opened, Miller said, and area residents affected by the power outage were directed to go to any library in Delaware County.

A mid-day call on Tuesday to Community Library said that facility had power. Library traffic was up, but that was attributed to Tuesday’s closing of Big Walnut Local Schools.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday 23 AEP customers were still without power, Miller said.

“We’ll keep a close tabs on power outages from AEP, Consolidated and Ohio Edison,” Miller said. “AEP said they would have power restored to all county customers by 2:30 or 3 this afternoon, but if there are additional power outages we’ll look at opening another warming shelter when libraries close this evening.”

Miller also offered safety tips for residents experiencing a power outage during severe cold weather conditions.

“Use generators safely and according to manufacturer’s recommendations,” Miller said. “Never use a generator in an enclosed space, keep them outside and well away from the house.”

Miller said to use alternative heating sources like space heaters safely by following manufacturer’s instructions, and if using them inside a home to always have an operating carbon monoxide detector as well as a fire detector.

“During any severe cold weather check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and others with special needs,” Miller said. “Bring pets indoors, and make certain that outside animals have shelter from the wind and an unfrozen source of water.”

Miller also recommended that anyone experiencing a power outage should call their electricity provider, even if they think their neighbors have reported the outage.

“As always,” Miller added, “if there is any life safety or property emergency, call 911.”

For additional information about the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management go to < delcoema.org >. To contact Delaware EMA for information about a warming center or other severe weather assistance call 740-833-2180.

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