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Hurricane Season Is Here; Time To Prepare

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2005

Customers Encouraged to Review Plans, Check Supplies

Today marks the start of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Pepco reminds customers that it's time to prepare for the possibility that destructive tropical weather could hit our region any time between now and Nov. 30. The National Weather Service predicts storm activity will be above normal this year with 12 to 15 tropical storms, seven to nine of them becoming hurricanes, and three to five of them major hurricanes.

"The series of storms that hit the U.S. mainland last year showed the destruction that hurricanes can cause. So we strongly encourage customers to take steps and prepare for any emergency," said Mike Maxwell, Vice President of Emergency Preparedness. A few basic steps now will take customers a long way down the road to readiness. This kind of preparedness will help customers cope with summer thunderstorms as well as hurricanes. Here are a few important steps:

  1. Keep Pepco emergency numbers accessible to report outages or wires down. For outages, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662). To report downed wires, call 202-872-3432.
  2. Make sure Pepco has your latest phone number registered in our automated Outage Management System, so we can identify your location and more quickly locate the source of trouble. Customers can update numbers online at www.pepco.com or call Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
  3. Prepare an emergency survival kit. This would include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, essential medication, nonperishable food and enough fresh water to last several days.
  4. Develop a contingency plan. Decide what to do in the event of a lengthy power outage. Would you stay at home or, perhaps, with family or friends?

Pepco employees regularly prepare for the possibility of power outages and frequently participate in emergency drills. The company maintains supplies of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers, and stays in contact with utilities throughout the region to quickly arrange mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster.

Pepco has upgraded its Web site to enable customers to view outage information across the company's service territory. To see the outage maps, or for more information on preparing for power outages, go to www.pepco.com and visit the Storm Center. A new outage brochure, "Weathering the Storm," can be downloaded from the site. Customers can also call 202-833-7500 to request a copy by mail.

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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc., delivers power to more than 725,000 customers in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

Point of Contact:
Debbi Jarvis

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