For Immediate Release
D.C. - Pepco is monitoring an approaching winter storm system that has the
potential to impact service for our more than 815,000 customers. The National
Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight until
models predict between 1 to 3 inches of snow and any amount of accumulated snow
has the possibility of impacting service in the Pepco service territory, which
covers the District as well as parts of Montgomery and Prince George's
has about 150 linemen, 200 contractors and 200 tree crews available to respond
to any outages that occur and, depending on the severity of the storm, can
bring in additional resources.
Last month, more than 24 inches of snow fell
during storm Jonas. However, Pepco customers were largely untouched by any
outages thanks in large part to significant investments in reliability made
during the last five years.
investments include protecting overhead lines from falling trees and
strengthening the transmission system itself with stronger equipment.
is our No. 1 priority. We urge customers to stay clear of any lines that come
down and to avoid any working crews that respond to the area. Customers should
always assume that downed wires are energized and to avoid them. Customers are
asked to immediately report a downed wire by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662).
also ask customers to let us know if they lose their power. They can report
outages by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), visiting pepco.com or
through our mobile app, available for download at pepco.com/mobile app.
should check their emergency supply kits and be prepared in case they lose
power. Emergency kits should include a battery-powered radio or television,
flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries,
special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency
phone numbers. Customer should also identify a safe alternate location in case
of an extended outage and tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather
and emergency information.
Customers can find additional tips on preparing for a
storm on our website, pepco.com.