The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially has started. Delmarva Power reminds customers that it is time to prepare for the possibility that destructive tropical weather could hit the region any time between now and November 30. The National Weather Service predicts a near normal period with nine to 14 named storms, four to seven of them becoming hurricanes, and one to three will be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. Here are a few important steps to remember:
• Keep Delmarva Power emergency numbers accessible to report outages or wires down. For outages, call 1-800-898-8045.
• Make sure Delmarva Power has your current phone number registered in their automated Outage Management System. Customers can update phone numbers online at www.delmarva.com or by calling Customer Care at 1-800-375-7117.
• Prepare an emergency survival kit that includes a flashlight, battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, essential medication, nonperishable food and enough fresh water to last several days.
• Develop a contingency plan and what to do in the event of a lengthy power outage such as seeking temporary shelter with family or friends.
Delmarva Power employees regularly prepare for the possibility of power outages and frequently participate in emergency drills. The company maintains supplies of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers, and stays in contact with utilities throughout the region to quickly arrange mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster. Delmarva Power has upgraded its Web site to enable customers to view outage information across the company’s service territory. To see the outage maps, or for more information on preparing for power outages, go to www.delmarva.com and click on Outages and Emergency Preparedness.