Dear Residents of Piscataway Drive,
We received an important update from Pepco that we want to share with you. In response to the concerns that some residents expressed about the impact that having no power could potentially have on their alarm systems and sump pumps, Pepco will now be providing power to the 22 homes that were determined to be “Unfit” at the lower end of Piscataway Drive every evening from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. During the day, the power will be turned off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in order to ensure the safety of numerous personnel working in the impacted area. This change will take effect this evening. Please note that power will not be restored to the 6 properties deemed “Unsafe.”
All operations will continue throughout the weekend. The Office of Emergency Management mobile command unit will remain at the corner of Coldwater Court and Coldwater Drive throughout the weekend between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.as a resource for residents.
The Office of Emergency Management in collaboration with the Department of Family Services, the Department of Social Services, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the American Red Cross will continue to operate the reception center at Harmony Hall Regional Center between the hours of 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Impacted residents will also be able to get food and drinks.
Other Important Telephone Numbers
Office of Emergency Management - 240-619-6497
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission - 301-206-4001 | 301-206-4002 (24-hour emergency number)
PEPCO - 1-855-744-2386 (Customer Advocate Number)
American Red Cross - 877-292-1600
Important Update from Pepco
"We have been working closely with the Prince George’s County’s Office of Emergency Management and other on-site officials to determine the best plan of action for the electrical supply. Crews will install equipment to safely provide power for a portion of each day for our customers in the impacted area with homes that can safely receive power. Due to safety concerns for people working on site, power will remain off when crews are present. We will restore power permanently once the County inspects the area and deems the properties safe. Safety is our No. 1 priority. We urge our customers to stay clear of working crews and any wires hanging loose from poles or lying on the ground. Customers should always assume that downed wires are energized and avoid them. Customers are asked to immediately report a downed wire by calling 877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)."
Using a Generator Safety Tips
If you plan to use a portable generator during power outages, here are some important safety precautions:
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a generator.
Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly. Store gasoline or other flammable liquids outside of living areas in properly marked approved containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is located there.
Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn.
Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home, to avoid possible fire hazard.
For your safety and the safety of Pepco employees working to restore power, do not connect your generator directly into your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the electrical system, endangering field personnel working to restore your power. Consult a qualified electrical contractor if a permanent generator installation is desired.