For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 1, 2016) - Pepco is monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Hermine
and taking steps to prepare in case the anticipated heavy rain and strong winds
cause service interruptions.
If the storm gains in strength, it
could damage the electric system and cause power outages. If outages occur, Pepco
will work around the clock to restore power, though as always restoration will
not begin until it is safe for crews to perform work. When winds exceed 35 mph,
work from bucket trucks is suspended until it is safe for crews to continue.
In addition to 150 internal linemen,
Pepco has an additional 250 overhead line contractors and 180 tree crew
personnel as well as crews from its sister utilities Atlantic City Electric and
Delmarva Power available to assist in any restoration effort. Should Pepco need
extra assistance, the merger with Exelon allows for shared resources from other
nearby companies in the Exelon family, including Baltimore Gas & Electric
and PECO in Philadelphia.
Pepco is also in contact with local
emergency management officials. Our call centers are staffed and prepared for
Pepco customers can prepare for the
storm by being ready for any outages. Pepco asks customers to have an emergency
kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries,
non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, cash, any essential
medications and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into
a large cooler which can be used at home and is easy to grab if a person has to
leave home quickly.
Customers are also encouraged to
identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage; tune to local
news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information and follow the
advice of local emergency management officials.
If a personal generator is needed,
never use indoors or inside an attached garage. A portable generator is an
internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or
CO. Also, do not connect a generator directly to the home's wiring. If a
generator is plugged into the electrical circuits of a home, power can
back-feed into the utility company lines which can injure or kill utility
workers fixing downed power lines. It also can cause downed lines to
Customers are asked to please
report any outages and to stay away from any downed wires.
To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62
(1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm
that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or
through the company's mobile app.
Pepco also provides a "Weathering the Storm Fact Sheet" that can be
downloaded from its website (www.pepco.com).
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