Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has announced that it has taken proactive steps to prepare for the possibility of widespread power outages caused by severe and fast-moving storms, typical of hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30. BGE also strongly recommends customers take appropriate action now to ensure the safety of their families and to protect personal property in the event of severe weather.
“In preparation for the upcoming storm season, BGE has reviewed its emergency response plan and is taking steps to ensure all employees clearly understand and can execute their storm assignments,” said Jeannette M. Mills, chief customer officer for BGE. “Throughout hurricane season—as is always the case—BGE will closely monitor approaching weather systems and assess their potential impacts on BGE’s service area and ensure the appropriate resources are in place before those storms arrive in Central Maryland.”
Much like BGE prepares for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, customers should also be prepared and take steps to ensure the safety of their families and property during electric service interruptions. Customers should keep the following items readily available:
- Flashlights – not candles
- Fresh batteries
- Battery operated clock radio
- Corded telephone
- Fully charged cell phone
- Non-perishable foods
Customers also should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles in the event 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. Additional important information on storm preparedness can be found in the Storm Safety section on bge.com.
The safety of BGE’s customers and employees is always the utility’s top priority. Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1-410-685-0123. Power outages should be reported by calling BGE’s automated system at 1-877-778-2222. For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to www.bge.com.
Customers with special needs, such as those who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage. Customers using a generator or space heater should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas.
BGE’s restoration priorities are public safety issues and critical facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.
In the event of widespread outages from severe weather, customers can stay informed of restoration efforts via www.bge.com, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.