Atlantic City Electric Prepared for Winter Snowstorm
MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Atlantic City Electric is closely monitoring a weather forecast that calls for heavy snow and gusty winds that could potentially affect the company’s service territory today into Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Total snow accumulation for our region is expected to be several inches.
Atlantic City Electric will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of power outages.
Heavy, wet snow can weigh down tree limbs and bring them into contact with power lines causing power outages. Wet snow can also adversely affect saturated soil and allow trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along icy and snow-covered roads.
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, 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, available for download at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.
Preparedness tips for Atlantic City Electric customers:
· Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
· Keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
· Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
· Make sure you have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate and won’t work if there is an outage.
· Identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage.
· Tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
· Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.
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.
· If a portable generator is needed, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use only when necessary. Don't overload it and turn it off at night while asleep and when away from home.
· 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.
· Follow local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
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