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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Ready for Summer Hurricane Season

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.

The 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 storms."

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 home quickly.

Delmarva Power also provides a "Weathering the Storm Fact Sheet" that can be downloaded from its website (

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