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Pepco Prepared for Potential Freezing Rain

Pepco is prepared for the possibility of freezing rain Wednesday that could weigh down tree limbs causing them to break and potentially bring down wires. The company is monitoring weather forecasts and has reviewed staffing plans to ensure a timely response if outages occur.

"We are going through our checklists, preparing crews, vehicles and supplies for what could be a moderate weather event, but we still urge our customers to make their emergency preparations," said Pepco Region President Thomas Graham. "Our crews are scheduled and are prepared to begin restoring service as quickly and safely as possible."

Snow itself is typically not a problem. However, traffic incidents involving Pepco infrastructure and ice accumulation on trees and power lines could potentially cause power outages.

If Power Goes Out

Customers are asked to call Pepco at 1-877-Pepco-62 to report outages-even if their neighbor may have already called. Pepco's automated outage reporting system is the most effective way to report an outage because it immediately feeds information into computers that more rapidly identify problem areas and dispatch repair crews, so that power can be restored more quickly.

If customers are without power or heat, they may want to consider moving themselves and their families-especially those with special needs-to an alternate location during a power outage.

Customers can prepare ahead for the possibility of power outages associated with a winter storm event by assembling an Emergency Storm Kit including:


  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • Battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Land line phone with cord (Cordless phones require electricity to operate)
  • Battery-powered or windup alarm clock
  • A supply of bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable foods that require no heating
  • Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags and a change of clothes
  • First Aid Kit and prescription medications
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Special items for infants, the elderly or family members with special needs
  • Hand tools such as a hammer, screwdriver; scissors; duct tape; plastic garbage bags; paper and pencil; waterproof matches; household bleach
  • Identification and copies of important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Emergency Services and Pepco telephone numbers

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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 750,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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