Yeah, I was going to say here come the ‘Canes but the thing is? I’m from North Carolina where the ‘Canes have a whole ‘nother sporty meaning… but point is: This week marks the start of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season! WOO HOO! This year, the National Weather Service predicts a near normal period with nine to 14 named storms, four to seven of them becoming hurricanes, and one to three will be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
Pepco, your much-hated power company sent along some handy tips for your power survival: 1) Keep Pepco emergency numbers accessible to report outages or wires down. For outages, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662). 2) Make sure Pepco has the latest phone number registered in our automated Outage Management System, to identify your location and quickly locate the source of trouble. Customers can update numbers online at www.pepco.com or call Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
Other more general tips for the season include: 3) Prepare an emergency survival kit. This would include a flashlight, battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, essential medication, nonperishable food, and enough fresh water to last several days. 4) Develop a contingency plan. Decide what to do in the event of a lengthy power outage such as seeking temporary shelter with family or friends. I personally am covered since my total worry-wart Mother (love you, Mom) gave me this for Christmas.