DEC Prepares For Hurricane Season


Delaware Electric Cooperative Urges Members to Prepare for Hurricane Season


GREENWOOD, Del.- June 1st marked the start of the Atlantic hurricane season and the time to prepare is now. While forecasters are calling for an average number of tropical storms and hurricanes this season, meteorologists said there is a greater than usual threat that a storm will strike the east coast. Two tropical storms already formed along the Atlantic coast in May.

Delaware Electric Cooperative is constantly preparing for widespread outages caused by severe weather and members should be prepared too. Every family can easily prepare an emergency kit to help them weather an extended outage.

The American Red Cross says every emergency kit should include:

•Styrofoam coolers to preserve food

• Ice to keep food cold

•Water—one gallon per person, per day

• Food—non-perishable, easy-to prepare

• Flashlights

•Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

• Extra batteries

• First aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

• Multi-purpose tool

•Sanitation and personal hygiene items

• Family and emergency contacts

Because the Co-op serves primarily rural areas in Kent and Sussex counties, it is possible for members to be without power for several days during severe weather events.

According to DEC President and CEO Bill Andrew, “During an outage our crews restore power to the greatest number of people first. After transmission and distribution lines are fixed, the Co-op’s crews then fix problems in smaller neighborhoods or problems at individual homes.”

During outages some members use generators to run appliances like refrigerators and televisions. Generators should never be used inside a home or garage. Certain generators produce carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly.

Members should also stay away from downed wires or damaged electrical equipment. “Touching energized wires can lead to injuries and death. If you see downed wires, call DEC immediately,” said Andrew.

Co-op members should call 855-DEC-9090 to report an outage. During severe weather you can also monitor outages on our Facebook and Twitter pages, easily accessed on your mobile phone.