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Delmarva Power Closely Monitoring Winter Weather

Monday, December 09, 2013

Utility prepared for possibility of snow, sleet and freezing rain

SALISBURY, Md. – Delmarva Power is closely monitoring Tuesday’s forecast of inclement weather. Weather forecasts are predicting the possibility of a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain sometime on Tuesday.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines to cause power outages. This wintry mix can allow trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause service interruptions. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along wet and/or icy roads.

Delmarva Power will have line and tree crews available.

Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-800-898-8042 (New Castle, Cecil and Harford counties) or 1-800-898-8045 (Kent and Sussex counties and the Eastern Shore of Maryland).  Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.delmarva.com or through our mobile app. For natural gas emergencies in New Castle County, call 1-302-454-0317.

Some tips for Delmarva Power customers to prepare:

• Assemble an emergency storm kit, including:

o Battery-powered radio or television
o Flashlight
o First-aid kit
o Battery-powered or windup clock
o Extra batteries
o Special needs items, such as an insulated cooler
o List of important and emergency phone number

• Have a telephone with a cord or a cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate and won't work if there is an outage.

• Protect electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors and consider an uninterruptible power supply for temporary battery backup power.

• Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if using an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.

• Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.

• Follow local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.

• Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

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