WMDT 47 NEWS - Meteorologist Stephanie Allison is calling for some storms tonight and Delmarva Power is ready. They have additional linemen and call center personnel to work overnight. Anyone with outages can call the following numbers:
- Delaware: New Castle County - 1-800-898-8042; Kent and Sussex counties - 1-800-898-8045
- Maryland: Cecil and Harford counties - 1-800-898-8042; Eastern Shore - 1-800-898-8045
- To report a Delmarva Power natural gas emergency in New Castle County, Del., call 1-302-454-0317
Customer calls are essential for Delmarva Power to know where the locations of the outages are. Delmarva Power also recommends that when reporting an outage, customers request a call-back to confirm their power has been restored.
Delmarva Power urges its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure their safety. Here are some tips:
- • Have adequate prescription medicines and/or infant supplies on hand.
- • If a customer or someone the customer knows uses 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.
- • 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 will not work if there is an outage.
- • Protect 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 the customer has an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.
- • Stay away from downed wires.
- • Tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
- • Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.
- • Take cover if necessary.