BGE increases storm personnel and field resources as another round of severe storms are forecasted to affect Central Maryland Sunday afternoon and evening
BALTIMORE, Aug. 21, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that after several days of severe storms that impacted its Central Maryland territory, the utility is closely monitoring the weather and has proactively mobilized employees and field resources to prepare for potential storm restoration activities today. Severe storms, forecasted for this afternoon and evening, may include heavy rain of up to 1 ∏ inches, frequent lightning and wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour, which could cause electric service interruptions. Customers may stay informed on restoration efforts via www.bge.com, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
“BGE has been working around-the-clock, restoring electric service to more than 57,000 customers affected by consecutive days of powerful storms, and the utility is once again preparing for another severe weather system which could cause new outages this afternoon and evening,” said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE. “BGE has increased evening and overnight field personnel to restore electric service as safely and quickly as possible, should any outages occur. Just as BGE is preparing for potential outages, customers should take proactive steps to prepare their home and families for weather-related outages as well. As always, BGE thanks its customers for their patience and understanding.”
High wind and wind gusts can bring whole trees and tree limbs down onto power lines causing outages. Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1-410-685-0123. Power outages should be reported by calling BGE’s automated system at 1-877-778-2222.
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. Customers using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas.
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
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.
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 www.bge.com.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 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 Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.