For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. - A National
Weather Service blizzard warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday, forecasting
an additional 7 to 14 inches of snow and sustained winds up to 30 miles per
hour with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour.
Due to the severity of the storm, significant outages
could still occur. Roads impassable due to deep snow and fallen trees could
slow restoration progress and result in outages lasting multiple days. Both the District of Columbia and the State
of Maryland have declared states of emergency.
Pepco is ready to restore power,
with more than 1,000 field workers available, including over 500 Pepco linemen,
contractors and tree crews as well as 250 onsite mutual assistance field
personnel. 300 mutual assistance crews who were en route or on standby have
asked to stay in place for now though they remain available and prepared to
mobilize. Pepco also has more than 2,000 support staff available to meet
"Pepco understands that reliable electrical
supply is critical to the everyday lives of customers, and as a result, Pepco remains
prepared to safely restore service as quickly as possible," said Pepco Region
President Donna Cooper. "We also are working closely with area governments to
execute a coordinated community response to this severe weather event."
Pepco Mobilizes Crews and Staff
Pepco has received commitments for
about 550 field workers from as far away as Maine and upstate New York.
Combined with our existing crews already in place, we have more than 1,000 field
workers available for storm response. The company has been working
collaboratively with state, city and local emergency management agencies to
ensure a coordinated community response.
After severe storms, assessing
damage and estimating when customers will be restored could take up to 24 hours
after the storm has moved from the area.
Crews are deployed to restore service only when weather conditions
become safe. Crews are restricted from working on
overhead power lines during adverse weather conditions such as snow storms, ice
storms and when winds exceed 35 miles per hour.
Safety is our top priority. We urge
our customers to stay clear of working crews and any wires hanging loose from
poles or lying on the ground. Customers should always assume that downed wires
are energized and avoid them. Customers are asked to immediately report a
downed wire by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662).
Customers can report outages by
calling 1-877-PEPCO62, visiting pepco.com or through our mobile app, available
for download at pepco.com/mobile app. It
is important that customers report their outages and request a call back to
verify their power has been restored.
In addition, customers should be attentive
to city alerts and emergency route signs and try to move their cars off the
streets so snow plows and utility crews can get through.
Customers should check their emergency supply kits and be
prepared in case they do lose power. Customers can find tips on preparing for a
storm on our website, pepco.com. For
information on warming centers, customers in the District of Columbia and
Maryland should call 311.