We advise you to set the controls of your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting the night before, and refrain from opening the doors once the power is off. A fully loaded freezer will keep food frozen for up to 2 days if the door is not opened. [from Virginia Power letter dated May 6]
If you have questions about this power outage, you can call Dominion Virginia Power at (888) 667-3000.
I only retrieved from my mail stack the letter from Virginia Power because I got a call on Thursday informing me that the 10-hour power outage scheduled to start that evening (!!???) had been rescheduled to May 21. Virginia Power should do a better job of informing its customers about upcoming power outages. A telephone call is a bare minimum. A letter would be a good supplemental means of information. I suggest that Virginia Power should also make a special effort to inform leading local news sources in the affected areas.
The geographic extent of the power outage isn't clear. Apparently Prospect House isn't affected, nor is the apartment building at 1510 12'th St.