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CAPE GAZETTE- Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006,51 Delaware Elo:tric Cooperative outlines ways to prepare J[(Jr storms As Tropical Storm Ernesto trav- eled closer to the U.S. coast, Delaware Electric Cooperative continued its preparation for the potential extreme weather that the storm will bring. The company is offering a variety of preparedness and response tips for its member- owners. Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June throughout November and the cooperative wants to insure that consumers do not take hurricane planning for granted. "In the aftermath of a hurricane, you're faced with power outages, downed lines, damaged equip- ment, trees on lines and excessive flooding," said Rob Book, spokesman for Delaware Electric Cooperative. "In order to react to the effects of a hurricane, you have to be prepared for one." The coooperative recommends that consumers need the following supplies on hand should a hurri- cane strike this area: flashlights with extra batteries, battery oper- ated lighting, a manual can open- er, a first-aid kit, a battery-operat- ed radio, nonperishable foods such as canned provisions, bottled water, blankets and sleeping bags. "These are items that we should all have on hand so we don't have to rush out and purchase them just before the storm hits," said Book. "In case of a power outage, these are materials that you will certain- ly need." When a hurricane watch is issued, people should know their evacuation routes, keep abreast of radio and television updates, fuel vehicles, check mobile home tie- downs and protect glass openings such as doors and windows. A watch indicates that a hurricane may threaten coastal and inland areas. A hurricane warning is issued when winds of 74 mph or higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and very rough seas, are expected in a specific area within 24 hours. At this stage, state and county emergency offi- cials advise that precautionary actions should begin immediately. In the event of a warning, the cooperative urges consumers to fill containers and bathtubs with water, stay tuned to both radio and television and heed all evacuation notices. During storm situations, Delaware Electric Cooperative maintains regular contact with emergency operations representa- tives from Kent County, Sussex County and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. "They are the experts when it comes to emergency preparedness and these organizations are top- notch," said Book. "We just want people to be prepared when deal- ing with a storm or disaster that could cause extensive electric lOSS." In the event of storm related damage take precautions: Do not approach service vehi- cles while they are in the process of repairing any electric equip- ment. Do not attempt to move any broken poles or downed lines since there could be energized lines nearby. Do not touch any damaged metering equipment. Do not attempt to remove downed brush or trees away from lines, poles or transformers. Those in a carwhen a line is touching it should stay in the vehi- cle and wait for help. Also, consumers are reminded that if they decide to use a gener- ator during a power outage to iso- late it from the DEC system. Do not connect a generator to house- hold wiring unless protective equipment (a double throw switch) has been installed. On a distribution line, a transformer functions to step down electric voltage to a consumer's house- hold. However, this process can be reversed. Crews working on the system would be put in danger if high voltage is carried back through the line. 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