For Immediate Release
SALISBURY, Md. (May 31, 2016) - With new weather forecasts calling
for an active hurricane season this year, Delmarva Power is making preparations
to ensure safe and reliable service for its customers all summer long.
company has invested more than $586 million since 2013 on new technology and
projects to prepare for hot weather and storms, including upgraded substation
equipment and new poles, transformers and associated infrastructure.
"We are prepared for whatever the summer
storm season brings," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "It
takes only one storm to cause property damage and widespread power outages. We
want to assure our customers that 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."
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 Stockbridge. "We plan to continue to make investments
over the next several years to upgrade and modernize our electric
infrastructure. We'll also continue regular tree trimming near power lines to
help avoid outages that can be caused by trees and limbs that fall during
Delmarva Power encourages customers to
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
Delmarva Power also provides a "Weathering
the Storm Fact Sheet" that can be downloaded from its website (www.delmarva.com).
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