For Immediate Release
First Ever Exercise Involves District of Columbia, Montgomery & Prince George's Counties in a Pre-Winter Drill to Focus on Utility's Performance and Procedures
WASHINGTON - Pepco conducted a major pre-winter drill today to test the company's emergency readiness, communication and coordination with designated Emergency Management Agency (EMA) representatives from the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland.
Members of PHI's Emergency Management Team (EMT) led this exercise that included for the first time all three jurisdictions within the Pepco Region.
"This exercise was designed to help ensure the processes work well between our team and EMA personnel," said Caryn Bacon, Director, Emergency Preparedness for PHI. "Our goal was to enhance this coordinated response to ensure all personnel were trained and ready to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible during power outages caused by major storms this winter season."
This drill tested the planning and implementation stages currently in place to respond to severe weather-related outages.
"Restoring power after a major storm is one of the most important things we do," said Thomas Graham, President, Pepco Region. "By participating with our emergency management partners in various storm scenarios, we strengthen our collaborative processes to help ensure we are doing all we can to quickly restore power when it's out."
This drill was a continuation of the storm drill that took place in June and demonstrates Pepco's overall commitment to enhancing emergency preparedness.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.