DELMARVA - Delmarva Power has initiated its Incident Response Plan to prepare for the storm and is strongly urging customers to get ready now for the possibility of multi-day outages.
The company is warning that tens or even hundreds of thousands of customers could lose power during this potentially catastrophic event. Crews will begin working as soon as winds subside to below 35 miles per hour.
In anticipation of the
storm, the company has mobilized all employees. The company is asking for
mutual assistance line crews from other utilities. The
allocation of mutual assistance crews will be determined when Delmarva Power
has more detailed projections of where damage is expected to occur.
Customers Urged to Prepare and
urges its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure
their safety. Here are some tips:
- Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies
- 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 during a prolonged
- 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 your power.
- Fill your gas tank so you can run your
automobile to charge mobile devices. Be sure to open the garage doors to run
the vehicle safely.
- Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest
weather and emergency information.
- Follow the advice of your local emergency
- Take cover if necessary.
- Stay away
from downed wires. Assume any downed wire is energized.
Customers should report power outages or
downed wires by calling:
New Castle County – 1-800-898-8042; Kent and Sussex counties –
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.: 302-454-0317
To keep up to date,
customers are encouraged to view the outage map on the Delmarva Power website
at www.delmarva.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/DelmarvaConnect.