For Immediate Release
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Atlantic City Electric has partnered
with Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness, American Red Cross
Southern Shore Chapter and AARP New Jersey to remind residents to prepare for
this year's hurricane season, which began Sunday and runs through the end of
City Electric sponsored its annual Hurricane Preparedness Event last week.
"It's very important that residents have an
emergency plan in place before a storm occurs. Now is the time to prepare," said
Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. "We are in contact with
our partners year round to ensure the lines of communication are open and that
we are all on the same page during a weather emergency."
provided an overview of how Atlantic City Electric prepares for extreme weather
events and offered details on the company's restoration process and priorities.
He also cautioned that portable home electric generators should be properly
installed and operated to ensure safety.
can energize downed wires, and contact with a downed wire could be fatal if the
wire is energized. It's very important for residents to stay away from any
downed wires," Maione said.
"Residents need to be prepared," said
Vince Jones, director, Atlantic
County Office of Emergency Preparedness. "Make preparations with family or friends that live out
of the area now in the event we have a storm and an evacuation is necessary. People
should always take evacuation requests very seriously and heed the warnings of
emergency management officials."
Carol Cohen, executive director, American
Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter, said, "Being
prepared is being empowered." She encouraged residents to assemble an emergency
storm "Go Kit" containing items including important documents, medication,
bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlight and fresh batteries, emergency
phone numbers, a blanket and cash. "Having a plan can take away some of the stress and
anxiety in an emergency situation," she said.
Abramo, communications director, AARP New Jersey, shared tips for seniors. "Reach
out to friends and loved ones to create a support network that are aware of
your medical needs. Provide these individuals with your contact information so
they can reach you in an emergency," he said. He also suggested that seniors
have a week's worth of necessary medications at all times.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms (winds of
39 mph or higher), of which three to six could become hurricanes (winds of 74
mph or higher), including one to two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5;
winds of 111 mph or higher).
City Electric over the past five years has invested approximately $685 million
into its electric system to help protect it from storm damage and improve
company currently plans to make
infrastructure investments to further improve service reliability for customers
through building new and upgrading existing infrastructure; building new
substations; and replacing transformers, poles, wires
and other infrastructure improvements.
City Electric Emergency Preparedness Tips for residents:
tips are available in our "Storm Preparation Handbook" at atlanticcityelectric.com.
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