Constituents, below is helpful information from BGE I wanted to share:
BGE is closely monitoring weather forecasts and is preparing to respond to any outages that may occur from Hurricane Florence, a storm moving through the mid-Atlantic region Thursday and Friday. The forecast calls for heavy rain, high winds and flash flooding. Of concern is the potential for downed trees and power lines.
BGE is preparing to mobilize field and support personnel, including tree crews, to be ready to respond to any potential service interruptions that may be caused by the storm. Clearing fallen tree debris can be factors in restoration progress. Removing tree debris is a labor and time-intensive process which must be completed before BGE crews can begin working on repairs and can extend the duration of certain outages. Below are ways customers can contact us and prepare for the upcoming storm.
Ways to Contact Us
Customers can find information on preparing for storms and other emergency events at the storm center on BGE.com, as well as restoration progress and information via BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook.
- Report power outages and down wires:
- Sign-up for proactive outage notifications. Text to MYBGE (69243) for outage information:
- Text ADD OUTAGE to sign up for outage notifications.
- Text OUT to report an outage.
- Text STAT to request an estimated time of restoration (ETR).
- Text HELP for a valid list of commands.
- Text STOP to unsubscribe from all SMA text messages from BGE.
Ways to Prepare
- 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 using a generator should follow manufacturer instructions and be sure to locate generators in well-ventilated areas.
- Customers who may be elderly, handicapped or dependent on electricity for medical equipment should always have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.
- 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.
BGE will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and keep you up-to-date regarding any restoration effort.
Alderwoman Elly Tierney