Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Preparedness Info from PEPCO

The following information comes from a PEPCO press release this morning:
In anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s arrival this weekend, PEPCO urges its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure their safety. Here are some 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 your power.
Safety Tips
·         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.
·         Stay away from downed wires.
·         Call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press "2" to report a downed wire.
·         To report an outage, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press “1” for the automated system. 

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