For Immediate Release
Residents of hurricane-prone areas should be on alert
OCEAN CITY , Md. -- Officials from Delmarva Power today joined Ocean City, Md., emergency management officials in urging the public to prepare for the possibility of severe weather over the next several months. The officials made their remarks during a news briefing held at the Public Safety Building in Ocean City, Md.
"This is hurricane season and when storms threaten we increase staffing levels, shift resources as appropriate and work with local governments to activate emergency procedures," said John Allen, Delmarva Power Vice President. "Delmarva Power is committed to a storm emergency response system that puts safety first, restores power as quickly as possible to the largest number of customers and tells our customers what they need to know to better plan their lives around the storms."
At the same time, Delmarva Power 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. Although the kit should be customized to fit individual needs, every kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered clock, radio or television and extra batteries, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, water supplies and a list of important and emergency phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler. The cooler will keep supplies organized and is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly.
Delmarva Power's Weathering the Storm brochure provides emergency preparedness information. This booklet is available online at www.delmarva.com or by calling Delmarva Power at 1-800-375-7117.
Delmarva Power's Allen was joined at today's event by Joe Theobald, Ocean City's emergency management director. Ocean City and other emergency management agencies in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia participate in Delmarva Power's Emergency Services Partnership Program, a coordinated effort between the power company and the agencies aimed at ensuring there is a community-wide response to weather emergencies.
"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 very 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."
Editor's note: Refer to Delmarva Power's website (www.delmarva.com) for information on electrical safety, energy saving tips, bill payment options and power outage updates.
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, Maryland and Virginia and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .