BGE is closely monitoring approaching weather system and is pre-mobilizing to respond to power outages should they occur
BALTIMORE, June 1, 2012 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it is closely monitoring an approaching weather system that is forecasted to affect its entire central Maryland service territory this afternoon and evening. The anticipated storms have the potential for cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour, which could damage overhead and underground electric distribution equipment and result in interruptions to electric service.
“With the potential for severe storms to move through our central Maryland service area this afternoon and evening, BGE continues to closely monitor the weather situation and is pre-mobilizing our storm center operations center,” said Jeannette M. Mills, chief customer officer. “We are also adjusting our crew staffing to prepare for a safe and prompt restoration of power should it be needed. We thank our customers in advance for their patience and cooperation.”
Much like 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
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. Additional important information on storm preparedness can be found in the Storm Safety section on bge.com.
The safety of BGE’s customers and employees is always the utility’s top priority. Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1-800-685-0123. Power outages should be reported by calling BGE’s automated system at 1-877-778-2222. Customers with special needs, including those who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage. Customers using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas.
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.
In the event of widespread outages from severe weather, customers can stay informed of restoration efforts via bge.com, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
In addition to monitoring current and approaching weather conditions, which 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. For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to bge.com.
BGE, 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 and follow us on Twitter , YouTube and Flickr.