Pepco Schedules Extra Crews During Expected High Winds

According to the National Weather Service, Pepco’s service territory is under a High Wind Watch.  Periods of sustained winds near 35 miles per hour with gusts around 55 miles per hour are possible tomorrow, Saturday, February 19 from about midday into the early evening.

What that could mean is outages.  Nobody wants them, but sometimes they’re unavoidable.  We are prepared in the event tree limbs and branches come in contact with our wires causing possible power outages.  As a precautionary measure, we’re scheduling additional crews through the weekend.

Though we’re preparing, there are a few measures customers can take to help speed up the restoration process in the event of an outage:

Report power outages and downed wires

  • If you are calling to report a power outage, please call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press one.
  • If you are reporting a life threatening emergency situation such as a burning downed wire please call 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two.
  • The option for reporting an actual life threatening emergency should NOT be used to report an outage, as it will prevent customers with actual emergencies from getting through.

In the event of an outage, our primary focus is public health and safety closely followed by restoring the largest number of customers as quickly and safely as possible.

Safety is one of our core company values.  Ultimately, we want our crews to go home in one piece after they finish working. Note: If winds reach speeds over 40 mph, overhead linemen are ordered to halt work.

Here’s our six-point restoration process:

  • Public health and safety
    • Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power
  • Transmission lines serving thousands of customers
  • Substation equipment
  • Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers
  • Secondary lines serving neighborhoods
  • Service lines to individual homes and businesses

If interested in additional outage and emergency preparedness information, be sure to visit our website.

‘Til the next post,

Andre

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