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Pepco says it is closely monitoring Wednesday evening’s approaching winter storm. They say that while they will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, customers should prepare for the possibility of power outages.

Here are some tips:

•  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, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers. 

  Keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available. 

• Make sure you have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won’t work if there is an outage. 


  Protect your electronic equipment. Plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.


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