For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. - Delmarva Power reminds customers that this is still hurricane season and to be prepared in the event severe weather affects our region. Hurricane season officially began June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30. September is National Preparedness Month.
"We are approaching the height of hurricane season and over the past few years storms such as Hurricanes Sandy and Irene have reminded us just how important it is to prepare your household or business for an emergency. In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Delmarva Power is encouraging all of its customers to proactively prepare for all emergencies by assembling a storm kit, making a plan and staying informed," said Gary Stockbridge, Region President, Delmarva Power. "Delmarva Power is prepared for what is predicted to still be a very active hurricane season."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook forecasts the likelihood of 13 to 19 named storms, including six to nine hurricanes with winds topping 74 mph. Three to five storms could reach major hurricane status with sustained winds of 111 mph or more.
Delmarva Power Emergency Preparedness Tips for residents
Assemble an emergency storm kit containing:
• Flashlights and fresh batteries
• Battery-powered radio or TV and extra batteries
• Land-line phone with cord (cordless phones require electricity)
• Battery-powered or windup alarm clock
• Supply of bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
• Non-perishable foods that require no heating
• Blankets, bedding or sleeping bags
• First-aid kit and prescription medications
• Hand-operated can opener
• Special medical or infant supplies
• A variety of hand tools
• List of emergency phone numbers
• Develop and practice an emergency plan with everyone in your household.
• Fill your bathtub with water if your water supply depends on electricity.
• If you or someone you know relies on life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
• Make sure cell phones are charged.
• Protect and unplug electronic equipment.
• Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
• Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
• If you need to use a portable generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use only when necessary. Don't overload it and turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.
Additional tips are available in our "Storm Preparation Handbook" at delmarva.com.
Customers should call 1-800-898-8042 to report power outages or a downed wire. It's very important people stay clear of any downed wires. Delmarva Power natural gas emergencies in New Castle County, Del., can be reported by calling 1-302-454-0317.
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.