Emergency response teams say they are ready for whatever Zeta brings

Posted at 12:36 PM, Oct 29, 2020

RICHMOND,Va. -- As Tropical Storm Zeta continues to make its way through the area, Dominion Energy and the Red Cross say they are ready to keep you safe.

Due to possible high winds and heavy rain, power outages are a concern. Jeremy Slayton with Dominion Energy says they have crews on stand by.

As it moves into our service area. We are expecting some rain and some wind. That's a combination that could lead to some power outages.

“We understand especially during this time and this pandemic. We have customers working from home, they're going to school. So we understand how important it is having reliable power for our customers,” said Slayton.

Some school systems like Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights released students early in anticipation for the storm.

Other school systems like Amelia County, Lunenburg County, and Brunswick County closed for the day.

For many already at home, the Red Cross is asking you to have water ready and to make sure outside items that can fly away are brought inside or tied down.

The Red Cross has been in contact with localities and have been monitoring the storm for a week.

Officials also want to remind you of a few things to keep you safe even as we head into the weekend.

“Storms never change what's still going on. Time will still go back Saturday night into Sunday and that's always the time we tell people to check the batteries in their smoke alarms. So whether we have storm impacts or whether there is a pandemic, we still need to make sure we are doing those things to keep us safe through out the year. “ said Christy Carneal, regional communications lead for the Red Cross

If you do end up losing power or are in need of help from the Red Cross, you can report your outage online or download the Red Cross emergency app.



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