Bucks County Herald

PECO encourages planning during National Preparedness Month

With the peak of Atlantic hurricane season quickly approaching, PECO is observing September as National Preparedness Month to remind customers of the importance of being prepared for severe weather and other emergencies.

“The safety of our customers, communities and employees is always our top priority,” said John McDonald, PECO senior vice president and COO. “We work throughout the year to ensure our employees and systems are ready for any extreme weather that may occur. National Preparedness Month is a great reminder for all of us that being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously.”

Each year, PECO invests approximately $500 million to enhance its electric infrastructure, including preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades to provide safe and reliable energy to customers. In addition, through PECO’s System 2020 plan, the company is investing an additional $274 million through 2020 to install advanced equipment and reinforce the local electric system, making it more weather resistant and less vulnerable to storm damage.

To help customers plan and prepare for an emergency, PECO offers the following tips:

•Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.

•Identify an alternate location for you and/or your family in case of an extended outage.

•Review the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation of your generator. Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring. Never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed area.

•Follow the advice of local emergency management officials.

•Stay far away from any storm-damaged electrical equipment, especially downed lines.

You should always assume downed lines are energized. Report a downed wire immediately by calling PECO at 1-800-841-4141.
If severe storms hit, PECO has many online resources to keep customers informed. Through its customer preference center, PECO customers can choose to receive a message via text, email or phone, when power is out in their area, when power is restored, or when the estimated restoration time for their outage changes. Customers should visit peco.com/alerts to sign up.

Customers can report their outage through PECO’s two-way texting program by texting “ADDOUTAGE” to MYPECO (697326). Customers can enroll in the program, report outages and check the status of their outage through text messaging. To use this service a customer’s mobile number must be registered with their account.

Launched in 2004, National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During the month, FEMA and DHS encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in all facets of their lives.


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