BGE Observes September as National Preparedness Month
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Observes September as National Preparedness Month and Encourages Customers to Plan Ahead for Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies
Customers can ‘Pledge to Prepare’ for emergencies during September as part of the national ‘Ready Campaign’
BALTIMORE, Sept. 19, 2012 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) <http://www.bge.com> today announced that as September is National Preparedness Month the company encourages all customers to take time to prepare now for natural disasters and other emergencies. Just as BGE plans ahead and has procedures in place to respond to power outages as safely and as quickly as possible, customers should also have an emergency plan in place prior to any events that may cause them to be without power for extended periods of time.
“In recent years, BGE’s service area has experienced several extreme and unusual weather events, including a hurricane, a derecho, back-to-back snowstorms, tornadoes and even an earthquake,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Many times these weather events are unpredictable and affect our area quickly, brutally and without warning, and are all powerful reminders that each of us is responsible to be ready for both predicted and unexpected emergencies. Safety is a top priority at BGE, and we encourage our customers to make sure they also proactively take steps to keep themselves, their families and their personal property and homes safe before an event occurs. We encourage our customers to visit the Storm Center <http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/stormcenter/pages/default.aspx> on bge.com <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx> for suggestions and tips on staying safe before <http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/stormcenter/beforeastorm/pages/default.aspx> , during <http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/stormcenter/duringastorm/pages/default.aspx> and after a storm <http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/stormcenter/pages/after-a-storm.aspx> . If your family has not begun the process of proactively preparing for emergency events, we encourage you to join with thousands of people across the nation and ‘Pledge to Prepare’ <http://www.ready.gov/> during the month of September.”
Just as BGE prepares for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, customers should take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during service interruptions. BGE encourages customers to take the following steps to prepare for extended outages:
· Stay informed – Stay aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
· Make a plan – Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, handicapped, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements (Customers with Special Needs <http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/stormcenter/beforeastorm/Pages/Customers-with-Special-Needs.aspx> ) in the event that your electric service is interrupted.
· Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 877.778.2222 to report an outage to BGE) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
· Build an emergency kit – Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets.
· Keep the following items readily available:
o Flashlights – not candles
o Fresh batteries
o Battery operated clock radio
o Corded telephone
o Fully charged cell phone
o Non-perishable foods
o Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
o First aid kit
o Local maps
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.
National Preparedness Month, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign <http://www.ready.gov/> and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. This year’s “Pledge to Prepare” campaign focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. To learn how BGE prepares for and responds to natural disasters and other emergencies, visit bge.com <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx> .
The “Ready Campaign” also provides a Ready Kids website <http://www.ready.gov/kids> , which focuses on weather-related emergencies and helps educate children ages 8 through 12 about how they can help their families prepare.
To learn more about National Preparedness Month and to join the national coalition of people and organizations who have pledged to prepare in September, go to www.Ready.gov <http://www.Ready.gov> .
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> .