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Tips to Prepare for Summer Storms and Heat

Summer has officially begun, bringing warmer temperatures and the potential for strong storms.

Our Pepco team works year-round to ensure reliable energy service for customers through essential infrastructure upgrades that help manage rising seasonal demand due to increasing temperatures. Our crews are also performing maintenance and inspections, trimming trees, and more to prepare for summer storms.

Just as we prepare, we encourage our customers to be ready, too. Here are some tips:

  • Download Pepco’s mobile app at Customers can use the mobile app to report outages, view estimated restoration times and more.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts that provide outage updates and severe weather alerts by going to
  • Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, medications, multi-purpose tool, and list of important/emergency phone numbers.
  • Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available to last at least 72 hours.
  • Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
  • Enroll in the Emergency Medical Equipment Notification Program at if you rely on electricity to power life-support equipment in your home. This program provides advance notice of scheduled outages and severe weather alerts to qualified participants.
  • Identify an alternate location for you and/or your family in case of an extended outage.
  • It’s extremely important to review the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operations of your generator. Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring, and never use a generator indoors or any enclosed area.

Being prepared is a responsibility everyone should take seriously. If a severe storm hits, monitor local weather reports regularly and follow the advice of local emergency management officials. Residents should stay away from downed wires and immediately report a downed wire or service issue by calling 877-PEPCO-62 (877-737-2662), visiting, or through the company’s mobile app.

Managing energy usage is also especially important during the summer months as this is typically the time when customers use more electricity to cool their homes and businesses. There are several low- and no-cost tips available that you can follow to reduce your energy use and save money. Learn more at