PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 20 -- PECO, a subsidiary of Exelon, issued the following news release:
PECO is closely monitoring weather forecasts and is ready to respond to the effects of a nor'easter moving through the mid-Atlantic region Tuesday and Wednesday. The forecast calls for changing precipitation ranging from rain to heavy, wet snow.
PECO has mobilized field and support personnel, including tree crews, to be ready to respond to any potential service interruptions that may be caused by the storm. In addition to PECO's employees, contractors from PECO's Exelon sister utility ComEd in Illinois have been dispatched to assist in the mid-Atlantic if needed.
"Just as we make preparations before a storm, we ask our customers to also prepare for the impact of severe weather," said Mike Innocenzo, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for PECO. "As we have recently experienced, the widespread and extensive tree damage caused by nor'easters, especially the combination of ice, heavy snow and wind, can lead to extended outages. Preparing in advance and having alternate plans in place are critical steps for everyone to take as major weather systems threaten."
PECO asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage. Outages may be reported online at peco.com and via PECO's free mobile app. Customers may also report outages and downed wires by calling 800-841-4141, on peco.com and through mobile devices. To sign up for email and text notifications, visit peco.com/alerts.
Customers with special needs, such as those who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.
PECO's restoration priorities are public safety and critical care 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.
PECO encourages customers to stay engaged by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/pecoconnect and on Twitter at twitter.com/pecoconnect, and downloading our mobile app at peco.com/app.
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