Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts Today, Time to
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Delmarva Power Encourages Customers to Review Plans, Check Supplies
SALISBURY, Md. – This week marks the start of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season and Delmarva Power reminds customers that it’s time to prepare for the possibility that destructive tropical weather could hit the region any time between now and November 30. This year, the National Weather Service predicts an active to extremely active season which is a sharp contrast from last year’s calm season. The forecast is for 14 to 23 named storms with eight to 14 of them becoming hurricanes, while three to seven could be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
“The damage created by hurricanes reminds us to stay prepared,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. “We strongly encourage customers to take steps and prepare for any emergency.” He said that a few basic precautions taken now will pay off when bad weather hits, not only during hurricanes but during severe summer thunderstorms.
Here are a few important steps:
- Keep Delmarva Power emergency numbers accessible to report outages or wires down. For outages, call 1-800-898-8045.
- Make sure Delmarva Power has your current phone number registered in our automated Outage Management System so that we can identify your location and quickly locate the source of trouble. Customers can update phone numbers online at www.delmarva.com or by calling Customer Care at 1-800-375-7117.
- 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.
- Develop a contingency plan. Decide what to do in the event of a lengthy power outage such as seeking temporary shelter 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 www.delmarva.com and click on Outages and Emergency Preparedness.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .