Atlantic City Electric Preparing for Mid-Week Winter Weather
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Atlantic City Electric is closely monitoring a weather forecast that calls for heavy snow, icing due to freezing rain and coastal flooding which could potentially affect the company’s service territory Wednesday into Thursday.
Atlantic City Electric will schedule and adjust its workforce with the timing of the weather and any resulting customer outages. We will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of power outages.
In addition to damaging the electric system, snow and ice may considerably slow crew efforts to reach substations and outage areas to make repairs. Utility crews — or highway crews when available — must first clear snow to gain access. Icy roads make travel impossible, so crews cannot start repair work until roads become safely passable.
Atlantic City Electric is in contact with local emergency management officials.
Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and downed wires, please call 1-800-833-7476. Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.atlanticcityelectric.com or through our mobile app.
Some preparedness tips for Atlantic City Electric customers:
Assemble an emergency storm kit, including:
• Battery-powered radio or television
• First-aid kit
• Battery-powered or windup clock
• Extra batteries
• Special needs items, such as an insulated cooler
• List of important and emergency phone numbers
• Have a telephone with a cord or a cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate and won't work if there is an outage.
General Safety Tips:
• Protect electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors and consider an 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 using an electrically operated sump pump, the customer should not turn off the power.
• Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
• Follow local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
Find additional information and updates by visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Download our mobile app at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.