NEWARK, Del. (Sept. 1, 2016) – Delmarva
Power (DPL) is monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Hermine and taking steps
to prepare in case the anticipated heavy rain and strong winds cause service
If the storm gains strength, it could
damage the electric system and cause power outages. If outages occur, DPL 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.
addition to 200 internal linemen, DPL has around 100 overhead line contractors and
tree crew personnel as well as crews from its sister utilities Atlantic City
Electric and Pepco available to assist in any restoration effort. Should
Delmarva Power 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.
“As we approach the height of Hurricane
Season, Delmarva Power remains committed to preparing for every potential storm
that could impact our customers and service territory,” said Gary Stockbridge,
Delmarva Power Region President. “We will safely and effectively utilize all of
our resources if widespread outages occur from Tropical Storm Hermine,” added
Delmarva Power is
also in contact with local emergency management officials and our call centers are staffed and prepared for this
DPL customers can prepare for the storm by being ready for
any outages. DPL 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 re-energize.
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 1-800-898-8042,
follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm that power has
been restored. Outages also may be reported through delmarva.com or through the company’s mobile app. Delmarva Power natural gas emergencies in New
Castle County, DE. can be reported by calling 1-302-454-0317.
also provides a “Weathering the Storm Fact Sheet” that can be downloaded from
its website delmarva.com.
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Power, visit delmarva.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarva and
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