For Immediate Release
LANDING, N.J. (May 31, 2017) - The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic hurricane season outlook
predicts 11 to 17 named storms of which five to nine could become hurricanes
including two to four major hurricanes. Atlantic City Electric (ACE) has
taken proactive measures to help ensure safe and reliable service for its
customers through the Atlantic hurricane season which runs June 1 through
"We are prepared for whatever the summer storm and hurricane seasons bring,"
said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. "It takes only one
storm to cause property damage and widespread power outages. We want to assure
our customers that we are committed to an emergency response system that makes
safety a priority, restores power as quickly as possible and provides customers
with information on how to prepare for and deal with weather-related outages."
As an Exelon utility,
Atlantic City Electric is able to share resources with BGE, PECO, Pepco and
Delmarva Power which allows the company to respond to storms faster and more
ACE had made
significant improvements to its infrastructure. Over the past five years, the
company has spent approximately $767 million in electric system upgrades by replacing hundreds of utility poles and hundreds
of miles of power lines with sturdier, more resilient wire, constructing new infrastructure and
substations, and expanding and upgrading existing infrastructure
including the installation of automation
devices designed to isolate outages and restore power to customers more
addition, over the last three years, ACE has spent more than $62 million on tree trimming and
vegetation management along more than 5,400 miles of
distribution power lines to help prevent outages.
"We believe preventive maintenance is essential in reducing the
potential for service interruptions caused by stormy weather," said Maione. "We
plan to continue to make investments over the next several years to further
enhance our electric infrastructure.
Atlantic City Electric, in
partnership with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, held an
Emergency Preparedness Conference May 31 to share important storm preparedness
messaging with the public in advance of the summer storm and hurricane seasons.
customers to assemble an emergency kit that can be used at home and, if
necessary, taken with them if they're ordered to evacuate. Each kit should
include a flashlight, battery-powered clock and radio, extra batteries,
non-perishable food, manual can opener, bottled water and a list of important
phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which is easy to
grab if a person has to leave home quickly.
Below are a few helpful links so residents are
Atlantic City Electric Storm Preparation Handbook: atlanticcityelectric.com/handbook
Cape May County Emergency Management:
American Red Cross Resources: redcross.org./
Care for your pets in a storm-related
evacuation or other emergency: animalemergency.nj.gov
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