Senior News: Preparing for Summer Storms
Summer Storms are coming!
PEPCO provides these pointers during summertime storm season.
(Click here to visit PEPCO website.)
Customers who rely on power to run life-sustaining medical equipment should make advance arrangements to stay with friends or family, or go to a hotel or close-by city in the event of a widespread power outage.
Make sure you have a corded telephone to use. Without power, cordless telephones won’t work and cell phones cannot be recharged.
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 and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
Keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
If your loved one lives in a condo, retirement community or group home, be sure you can answer these questions:
Act Wisely During an Outage
To report an outage, call 1-877-PEPCO 62. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
If you have a portable generator be sure to operate it outside only, away from doors and windows to avoid deadly carbon monoxide.
Also of Interest during Weather Emergencies
Signing up for Alert Montgomery allows you to receive emergency alerts and updates via your cell phone, pager, Blackberry, PDA and/or e-mail account. All you have to do is sign up for an Alert Montgomery account. There is no cost for this registration.
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