For Immediate Release
LANDING, N.J. (Sept. 1, 2016) - Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is monitoring
the path of Tropical Storm Hermine and taking steps to prepare in case the anticipated
heavy rain and strong winds cause service interruptions.
If the storm system gains in strength,
it could damage the electric system and cause power outages. Atlantic City
Electric will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur. When winds exceed 35 mph, work from
bucket trucks may need to be suspended until it is safe for crews to continue.
In addition to 125 internal personnel,
ACE has an additional 160 overhead line contractors and tree crew personnel as
well as crews from its sister utilities Delmarva Power and Pepco available to
assist in any restoration effort. Should Atlantic City Electric need extra
assistance, the merger with Exelon allows for shared resources from other
nearby companies in the Exelon family, including Baltimore Gas & Electric
and PECO in Philadelphia.
"We monitor every storm and are
paying particular attention to this one," said Vince Maione, Atlantic City
Electric region president. "Customers can also take steps to make sure they are
ready too. We encourage customers with special needs or those dependent upon
electricity for medical equipment, to have an alternate arrangement in place in
the event they experience an extended power outage."
Atlantic City Electric is also in contact with local emergency
management officials. Our call centers are
staffed and prepared for this event.
ACE customers can prepare for the storm by being ready for
any outages. ACE asks customers to have an emergency kit, including a flashlight,
battery-powered radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, manual
can opener, cash, any essential medications and a list of important phone
numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which can be used at home
and is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly.
Customers are also encouraged to identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage; tune
to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information and
follow the advice of local emergency management officials.
If a personal generator is needed, never use indoors or inside an
attached garage. A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that
exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. Also, do not connect a
generator directly to the home's wiring. If a generator is plugged into the
electrical circuits of a home, power can back-feed into the utility company
lines which can injure or kill utility workers fixing downed power lines. It
also can cause downed lines to re-energize.
Customers are asked to please report
any outages and to stay away from any downed wires.? To report outages and/or
downed wires, please call 1-800-833-7476, follow the prompts, and please ask
for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be
reported through atlanticcityelectric.com or through the company's mobile app.
ACE also provides a "Weathering the
Storm Fact Sheet" that can be downloaded from its website atlanticcityelectric.com.
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Electric, visit atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric
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