BGE Preparing for Forecasted High Wind and Heavy Rain Today
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Preparing for Forecasted High Wind and Heavy Rain Today
Company urges customers to proactively prepare for the potential of weather-related outages
BALTIMORE, Sept. 18, 2012 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx> today announced that it is closely monitoring approaching storms and high wind forecasted to enter its service area later today and throughout this evening. Strong storm activity may bring periods of heavy rain of up to an inch-and-a-half and high wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, which could damage overhead and underground electric distribution equipment and cause interruptions in electric service across BGE’s central Maryland service area. BGE urges customers to take the time now to prepare for the potential of severe weather and weather-related outages. Customers may stay informed about potential storm activity and restoration efforts should outages occur via www.bge.com <http://www.bge.com> , Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/mybge> and Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/insights/?sk=po_114351251909317#!/pages/MyBGE/114351251909317> .
“As BGE and our field crews prepare to respond to weather-related outages as safely and as quickly as possible, should they occur, customers are also urged to take time now to prepare before the forecasted storm enters our service area,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “We remind customers that certain types of work such as repairs requiring the use of bucket trucks cannot be safely performed when the wind exceeds 25 miles per hour. In that case, BGE will begin restoring service as soon as it is safe to do. The safety of our employees, contractors and customers is our first priority at BGE.”
As a reminder, BGE customers who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment should always have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage. Just as BGE prepares for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, customers should also be prepared and take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during electric service interruptions. Customers should keep the following items readily available:
Flashlights – not candles
Battery operated clock radio
Fully charged cell phone
In addition, customers using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas. Customers also should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged.
BGE’s restoration priorities are public safety issues and critical facilities such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.
Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 800.685.0123. Power outages should be reported by calling BGE’s automated system at 1.877.778.2222. For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to www.bge.com <http://www.bge.com> .
In addition to monitoring current and approaching weather conditions that could result in service interruptions, BGE regularly conducts emergency training drills during which all aspects of storm-related service restoration are tested. BGE also reviews its Electric Delivery Emergency Response Plan to ensure that storm response procedures are up-to-date and in line with industry standards.
BGE <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx> , headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Like us on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/myBGE> and follow us on Twitter <http://twitter.com/mybge> , YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/baltimoregaselectric> and Flickr <http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybge> .