Jeannette M. Mills VP, Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer
Even as we are focusing all of our resources on restoring power to the remaining customers who lost service since Friday’s derecho storm, the other extreme weather emergency is the sustained heat wave that has pushed temperatures above 100° F and compounded problems for those still without power and air conditioning and fans.
Throughout the storm recovery and heat wave, please continue to check on your neighbors who do not have power, especially the elderly, families with infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions that make them more susceptible to heat stress. Cooling centers are operating in counties throughout the state. Information on finding cooling center locations is available on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website
The CDC Extreme Heat Guide
has a list of preventative measures you can take to help avoid the dangers of extremely hot temperatures. Stay hydrated. Drink water even when not thirsty and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks which cause dehydration. Be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion—nausea, dizziness, cramping—and if any of these are noticed, stop any activity, hydrate, rest in a cool location and seek assistance.
While we continue to make steady progress in repairing the secondary lines and equipment that restore service to smaller groups of customers, we anticipate the final restorations will extend into the weekend which is expected to be extremely hot. Once again, please continue to check on neighbors affected by the storm and heat wave.