Pepco is Monitoring and Preparing for Winter Storm Stella

Pepco is monitoring and preparing for Winter Storm Stella, which is forecasted to bring significant heavy, wet snow and high winds to our region Monday night into Tuesday.  We are closely monitoring conditions and have initiated our Incident Response Plan. We will work quickly and strategically to restore any outages.  More than 2,000 Pepco employees and contractors are prepared to work extended hours to support our customers and communities.

Pepco strongly urges our customers to prepare and be safe.  Customers who need power for critical medical equipment should review their emergency plans and prepare for the possibility that they could be subject to extended power outages as a result of Winter Storm Stella.

Pepco is reaching out to customers who have registered with the company as needing electricity for critical medical equipment. Customers are being contacted through Pepco’s automated messaging system and are being urged to review their plans, check supplies and take appropriate action to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Pepco offers the following preparation and safety tips:

Preparation Tips

  • Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.

  • If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there or to a hospital during a prolonged outage.

  • Assemble an emergency “storm kit.”  Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.

  • Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.

  • Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won’t work if there is an outage.

  • Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.

  • Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off the power in your basement.

Safety Tips

  • Stay away from downed wires. Call calling 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and follow the prompts to report a downed wire or an outage

  • Avoid crews working in the street. This will keep you and the crews safe, and allow them to work on restoring your power.

  • Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.

  • Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.

  • Take cover if necessary.

To keep up-to-date, customers are encouraged to visit Pepco’s web site www.pepco.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp. You can also listen to local radio stations for updates. 

 

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