Everyone is on high alert for Hurricane Joaquin! In a press release issued this morning, BGE asks customers to get ready for the ruckus and offers a supplies list, safety tips and phone numbers in case of emergency.
BGE suggests having the following basic items on hand:
- Flashlights – not candles
- Fresh batteries
- Battery-operated clock radio
- Corded telephone
- Fully charged cell phone
- Non-perishable foods
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
- First aid kit
- Local maps
Residents are urged to take these safety tips:
- Proceed with care if you have experienced flooding in your basement and/or other areas of your home
- Do not enter a room with standing water, particularly if the water covers electrical outlets or electrical cords that are plugged into outlets
- Ensure the electrical system is shut off before entering a flooded room or basement
- Do not attempt to shut off your electrical system if you have to stand in water or on a wet floor to do so
- If you experienced flooding, do not turn on any lights or appliances without having a comprehensive inspection performed by a licensed electrician and also by a registered plumber with a gasfitter’s license for gas appliances.
Report service interruptions or downed wires to BGE at 877.778.2222. BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report outage. Outages may also be reported at BGE.com and through mobile devices. Find information on preparing for natural disasters and other emergency events at the storm center on BGE.com, as well as storm preparation information and restoration progress via BGE’s Twitter and Facebook.
One more suggestion: Fill the fuel tanks of vehicles in case a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged, too. Households using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions.
BGE is making staffing preparations, too, activating additional tree and overhead line crews and has requested crews from other utilities.
“We closely monitor all severe weather, and while the path of this storm continues to develop, BGE is taking steps to ensure we are prepared should it affect the central Maryland area,” said Rob Biagiotti, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Just as we prepare, customers can also take steps to make sure they are ready too. We especially ask customers with special needs or who are dependent upon electricity for medical equipment to have alternate arrangements in place in the event they experience an extended power outage.”
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