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For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON,D.C. -Pepco announced today that it has another new tool to help customers in case of severe storms - a mobile command vehicle that will assist in dispatching crews and assisting people if hurricanes or major storms hit.
The command vehicle will complement the work Pepco has invested in recent years to make the power grid serving 2.3 million people more resilient than ever. And it comes two months after Pepco's merger with Exelon, which creates a new source of shared resources and work crews to assist in case of emergencies.
"One bad storm can cause widespread property damage and outages," said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO Pepco Holdings, Pepco's parent firm. "That's why we continue to enhance the reliability of our electric system, including updating our storm readiness with a new mobile command vehicle to be dispatched to neighborhoods in need."
During the last two years, Pepco has spent nearly $815 million on reliability efforts intended to prevent outages caused by weather. In recent years, that investment has paid off, as the record-setting winter storm Jonas in January caused only isolated outages for Pepco customers.
AccuWeather, a private weather forecast service, predicts that at least three named storms making landfall in the United States during the 2016 Hurricane Season.
Pepco's mobile command vehicle:
Pepco's overall 2015 storm readiness includes advanced metering technology that limits the amount of times it is necessary to send a truck with a crew to inspect an individual customer's service. Pepco's control center is now able to view metered service remotely, which reduces the company's carbon footprint and reaches larger known outages sooner.
Pepco encourages customers to download the company's mobile app, which is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp and which provides immediate updates on outages and estimated times for power restoration.
Some immediate tips to help Pepco customers to prepare are:
o Battery-powered radio or television
o First-aid kit
o Battery-powered or windup clock
o Extra batteries
o Special needs items, such as an insulated cooler
o A list of important and emergency phone numbers
o For people using life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, please identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there.
If using a personal generator, please take all recommended precautions, including:
Customers should always stay away from downed wires. Call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), and follow the prompts to report a downed wire. Additional information on storm preparedness can be found by visiting www.pepco.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect.