BGE Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

The storm's path is still being calculated, but it could reach the Maryland coastline this weekend.

Emergency services and BGE are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy as it nears the East Coast.

Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba. Its path could veer toward the East Coast, landing anywhere from New York to Maryland, or it could fade away into the North Atlantic, meteorologists said.

The storm could create gale-force winds, or it could join with a winter storm and blast the East Coast with a wintry mix of rain and snow.

BGE issued a statement Wednesday saying it was preparing for the possibility of weather-related outages this weekend and into next week. 

"Despite the fact that this particular storm is several days away, and its path is still in question, BGE is closely monitoring (Hurricane) Sandy with an eye toward executing its playbook for severe impact storms," said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE.

The service also advised its customers to have a plan in place should power be out for extended periods of time.

"BGE encourages customers to take time now to ensure they are prepared should severe weather affect the service area resulting in extended power outages," according to the statement.

More information on disaster preparedness can be found on BGE.com, and customers can get progress updates on restoration efforts through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

tom October 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Being an area native, I've made it through a lot of these storms. The best advice I can give--aside from the normal precautions, is NOT to stock up on perishable food until after the storm. We hear people complaining after every power outage about all the food they had to throw away. It's also a good idea to consume as much of the perishable food as is practical in advance. Even if you have a generator, it's wise to weigh the cost of fuel against the cost of food. Using $50 in gasoline to preserve a gallon of milk and a few pounds of ground beef is not that smart.
Mr.Miagi October 25, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Good info, also I might add it would be wise to fill up a bath tub with water so if you need to go to the bathroom you can dump water in the toilet to flush it.
Marky MARC October 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
You have an electric toilet? Last time the power went out, I was able to go #1 and #2 just fine. My tub will be filled with ice and beer...
Mr.Miagi October 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
When you run on well water you do dumbass.
jesse55jp October 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM
tom October 25, 2012 at 07:47 PM
filling 2 liter soda bottles with water and then freezing them also helps keep your freezer cold or can keep your beer cold in the cooler too. Another good item to fill with water is your washing machine. If you don't need the water for flushing, you can still use it for a load of laundry when the power is restored, so it isn't wasted either way.
Melissa October 25, 2012 at 08:28 PM
My Opinion October 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Ha the real question is: What will Wegman's do, lol
Karts Huseonica October 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM
We wonder if BGE has learned anything.... or will we have the same discussion of excuses here as we do after every storm and extended power outages? Just curious. Cheers, Karen & Art (Karts) Huseonica
Sean October 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
"monitoring".. "executing it's playbook".... The sad truth is: if you have above ground power lines you are probably going to have a bad time with this. I wonder if we can ever have the discussion about repeated cost of storm recovery versus a one time hit of burying remaining power lines?
Calique October 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Logistically, I'd think that burying all the power lines would take tens of millions of dollars at least, and take many years of work. That is not a short-term solution.
Calique October 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I have a well. When there is no power, there is no pump to get the water out of the well; you can flush each toilet ONCE after the power goes out. Now, if you have a big pitcher of water, you can pour it in the toilet as you flush. You also can't take a shower or brush your teeth unless you have stock piled water ahead of time.
John Holmes October 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Can't wait to hear from the first who "lost 500.00 in food", (for the second time this year), still hasn't got off the 250.00 for a generator, and loves to bitch about BGE! Can't wait for the storm so he/she can bitch about BGE! Too Funny! You don't think there will be any problems with the lines burying them in the ground? And when there is a problem how much harder and more time consuming to troubleshoot and repair it.
Sean October 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Sean 3 minutes ago Calique 11:17 am on Friday, October 26, 2012 Logistically, I'd think that burying all the power lines would take tens of millions of dollars at least, and take many years of work. That is not a short-term solution. -- Oh, I agree: very costly and will take some time to complete. When this thing is over, wait for the press release about the amount of money BGE spent on crews working overtime to repair downed lines, and how much they paid to have out of state crews to do the same. Multiply that out by the number of times it happens, and the return on investment starts to look pretty reasonable. Also, point of clarification: I was not suggesting we try and bury them before this particular storm.
Sean October 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Of course there will still be problems with the grid even with submerged lines. However, the simple fact is, when power outages extend to multiple days and then weeks the overwhelming majority of problems revolve around downed lines due to trees felled by wind. Just because you might break your arm falling off your bike is no reason not to wear a helmet.
John Holmes October 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Ok, so the lines are buried in the ground. Where are all the transformers, fuses, switches, etc. going to go? Do they also end up on the ground and be subjected to vandalism and end up being a safety hazard to us? How's that large container going to look in the front corner of your yard with all this equipment in going to look? There's a whole lot more up there than just wires.
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