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Pepco Prepared for First Snowfall of the Season

Montgomery County Under Winter Storm Watch

Customers Asked to Be Prepared

WASHINGTON - Pepco is closely monitoring the approach of the mixture of snow and rain, which will strike the Pepco service territory Saturday . Weather forecasts are calling for snow and rain, and the potential for several inches of heavy wet snow primarily in Montgomery County, which the National Weather Service has placed under a Winter Storm Watch.

Heavy wet snow combined with the leaves that remain on trees will add to the weight of the tree limbs bringing them down onto poles and wires creating severe damage and power outages.

Pepco has scheduled additional crews including tree trimming crews and support personnel to work throughout the storm. In addition, extra crews are on call to assist with the restoration effort as needed.

If Power Goes Out and to Report Downed Wires Call 1-877-737-2662

Pepco strongly urges everyone to call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) to report power outages and downed wires (stay away from downed lines and report them immediately).

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

Generally, the power restoration sequence is as follows:

  • Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power
  • Transmission lines serving thousands of customers
  • Substation equipment
  • Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers
  • Secondary lines serving neighborhoods
  • Service lines to individual homes and businesses

Pepco urges customers to stay safe and be prepared. Here are some additional tips:

  • Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener, bottled water, any necessary medications and a list of emergency phone numbers.
  • Maintain a supply of extra blankets.
  • Ensure that all household members have a warm coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots.
  • Make sure your home has a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won't work if there is an outage.
  • Identify a place for emergency shelter in case of an extended outage. It is important that customers with special needs or their caregivers take responsibility to make arrangements ahead of time to prepare for potentially long-lasting service interruptions.

Additional information may be found at www.pepco.com.

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