Delmarva Power Urges Preparedness for Summer Storms
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Hurricane Season Means Customers Should Review Plans, Check Supplies
OCEAN CITY, Md. – With this month marking the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, officials from Delmarva Power and area emergency services agencies today reminded the public that it’s time to prepare for the possibility that destructive weather could hit the region any time between now and Nov. 30. They made their remarks during a news conference at the Public Safety Building in Ocean City, Md.
Meteorologists are predicting a “near-normal” hurricane season with up to 15 named storms, with four to eight becoming hurricanes and one to three turning into major hurricanes with top winds of 111 mph or higher.
“Delmarva Power is committed to an emergency response system that makes safety a priority, restores power as quickly as possible and provides customers with information on how to prepare for and deal with weather-related outages,” said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power. “We’ll be prepared to add more personnel and resources as needed and work with local governments through our Emergency Services Partnership Program to activate emergency procedures.”
Delmarva Power employees prepare for the possibility of storm-related power outages by participating in emergency drills on a regular basis. In addition, the company maintains an adequate supply of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers, and stays in contact with other utilities to quickly arrange for mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster.
“We also believe that preventive maintenance is essential in reducing the potential for service interruptions caused by stormy weather,” said Likovich. “We plan to spend approximately $142 million this year and about $1.7 billion over the next five years to upgrade our electric infrastructure. We’ll also spend nearly $10 million this year on tree trimming near power lines to help avoid outages that can be caused by limbs that fall during storms.”
Delmarva Power also suggests that customers assemble an emergency kit that can be used at home, and if necessary, taken with them if they’re ordered to evacuate. Each kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered clock and radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener, bottled water and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly. Delmarva Power will be donating over 1,000 emergency kits to the American Red Cross for distribution to customers throughout its service territory.
Delmarva Power also provides a “Storm Preparation Handbook” that can be downloaded from its website (www.delmarva.com) or you can call Customer Care at 800-375-7117 to request a copy via mail.
Likovich was joined at today’s event by Joe Theobald, Ocean City’s Emergency Services Director; Steve Marshall, Somserset County Emergency Services Director; and John Culp, Community Executive of the American Red Cross – Delmarva Region.
“The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 53 percent of this country’s population lives in coastal areas like Ocean City,” said Theobald. “Many of these areas are considered to be hurricane-prone, so being properly prepared to deal with severe weather is important when it comes to public safety. Ocean City has an emergency plan in place to protect the public and we urge our citizens to be ready when bad weather strikes. We also welcome the efforts being taken by Delmarva Power to be as prepared as possible.”
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 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.