Town of Cheverly
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Strong Winds Forecasted for the Pepco Region
Strong winds forecasted to gust in excess of 50 mph, are expected to move through the Pepco service territory early Friday morning through Saturday morning. High winds can bring down trees and tree branches causing damage to electric equipment and result in service interruptions for our customers. Pepco’s Emergency Response Organization is ready to respond, with additional crews and personnel ready to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore service to customers should outages occur.
We are prepared for this potential weather event and ask customers to be cautious when driving near working crews, vehicles and equipment.
· The company will have additional crews and other personnel scheduled and ready to respond should the forecasted high winds impact service to our customers.
· In addition to 150 internal linemen, Pepco has an additional 250 overhead line contractors and 180 tree crew personnel as well as crews from its sister utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power available to assist in any restoration effort.
· Should Pepco need additional assistance, resources from other nearby Exelon utilities, including Baltimore Gas & Electric and PECO in Philadelphia, can assist.
We encourage customers to be prepared, monitor weather conditions and report any outages or downed wires.
· Safety is our top priority. We urge our customers to stay away from downed wires and assume any downed wire is energized.
· To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) or report and track through our mobile app or our website at www.pepco.com/storm.
· We ask customers who need power for critical medical equipment to be prepared to relocate to a facility with electricity in case there is a power outage.
Just as Pepco has made preparations ahead of the potentially severe weather, customers also should be prepared.
- Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
- Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.
- Charge cell phones and other mobile devices.
- More tips available at pepco.com
If the storm causes damage to Pepco’s equipment:
- Always stay away from any storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines.
- Never use an oven or other cooking device as a heat source for your home.
- Don't connect your generator directly to your home's wiring. Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Read and adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
- Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
Over the last five years, Pepco has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to modernize the local electric grid, enhance reliability for customers and prevent those outages that can be prevented.
- Over the last five years, Pepco has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the District and Maryland to modernize the local electric distribution system and enhance reliability for customers.
- This work is essential to helping to prevent those outages that can be prevented.
- Each day work is being performed as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to further improve reliability for customers.
- This work includes inspecting existing infrastructure, trimming trees that could potentially impact the system, building new underground equipment, and installing stronger, tree-resistant aerial cable.
- The company also is using innovative technologies to improve system reliability, such as specialized equipment that can automatically restore service more quickly or isolate damage.