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Hurricane Season on Cue with Tropical Storm “Arthur”

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Delmarva Power Encourages Customers to Review Plans, Check Supplies

NEWARK, Del. – The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins this week, arriving on cue with the passing formation of the season’s first tropical storm, “Arthur.” Delmarva Power is reminding customers that it’s time to prepare for the possibility that destructive tropical weather could hit the region any time between now and Nov. 30. The National Weather Service predicts an active period this year with 12 to16 named storms, six to nine of them becoming hurricanes, and two to five will be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

“Even though the damage created by the storms that hit the U.S. mainland last year was minimal, this year may prove different,” said Hallie M. Reese, Vice President, Safety and Strategic Services. “We strongly encourage customers to take steps and prepare for any emergency.” She said that a few basic steps taken now will pay off when bad weather hits, not only during hurricanes but during severe summer thunderstorms.

Here are a few important steps:

  1. Keep Delmarva Power emergency numbers accessible to report outages or downed wires. For outages, call 800-898-8042. To report downed wires, call 800-375-7117.
  1. Make sure Delmarva Power has your latest phone number registered in our automated Outage Management System, so we can identify your location and more quickly locate the source of trouble. Customers can update numbers online (delmarva.com) or call Customer Care at 800-375-7117.
  1. Prepare an emergency survival kit. This would include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, essential medication, nonperishable food and enough fresh water to last several days.
  1. Develop a contingency plan. Decide what to do in the event of a lengthy power outage. Would you stay at home or, perhaps, with family or friends?

Delmarva Power employees regularly prepare for the possibility of power outages and frequently participate in emergency drills. The company maintains supplies of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers, and stays in contact with utilities throughout the region to quickly arrange mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster.

Delmarva Power has upgraded its Web site to enable customers to view outage information across the company’s service territory. To see the outage maps, or for more information on preparing for power outages, go to delmarva.com and visit the Storm Center. The “Weathering the Storm” brochure can be downloaded from the site. Customers can also call 800-375-7117 to request a copy by mail.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to approximately 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and more than 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.