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BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC EMPLOYEES PREPARE FOR WINTER STORM

 BALTIMORE, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: BGE) is preparing for a major winter storm that is expected to enter our service territory Friday night and continue into Sunday night.
 While light snow doesn't usually cause problems with BG&E's electric system, the heavier snow and high winds that are anticipated this weekend may cause power outages.
 BG&E has been monitoring the storm and taking steps to have crews and supplies in place to respond promptly and restore electric service as quickly as possible. This morning, more than 30 supervisory personnel, representing diverse areas such as distribution, telecommunications, electric construction, transportation, electric system operations, information systems, forestry, corporate communications and several engineering functions met to finalize planning for the mobilization efforts.
 BG&E's goal is to mobilize before the storm strikes. The utility will begin staffing for storm operations at 11 p.m. Friday, and continue round-the clock operations until the last customer has been restored. By 6 a.m. Saturday, the company will have every available crew mobilized and ready for action.
 If widespread outages develop, our objective will be to restore service to the greatest number of customers in the shortest time possible. Emergency situations involving hazards to human life and imminent danger to property are given highest priority, followed by restoration of emergency services and public communications facilities. Each restoration activity is planned to do the most good for the greatest number of customers.
 BG&E knows that outages can be frustrating and has some suggestions for customers to help minimize their inconvenience.
 -- Call BG&E immediately at 410-685-0123 with as much information as possible about the problem. This will help in locating and correcting the situation promptly.
 -- Prepare for an outage by keeping emergency telephone numbers in a convenient location and gathering the following supplies: portable radio with fresh batteries, flashlights, bottled water, manual can opener, matches, battery-operated wind-up clock, canned and dried food, first aid kit, fuses and sterno.
 -- If you have an electric water pump, fill pails, pans, bathtubs and sinks so you'll have water to use.
 -- If you use a fireplace, woodstove or kerosene heater, keep fuels a safe distance from the fire and NEVER leave fires unattended. Never use an outside grill or camp stove in the house-they can give off deadly fumes. Don't use candles for lighting.
 -- Consider sharing resources with your neighbors. Check to see if elderly family members or neighbors need help.
 -- Find shelter or stay at home.
 -- Disconnect sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, televisions and VCRs to avoid surge damage.
 -- Avoid downed wires. Report them to the company and warn others to stay away.
 -- If you are without power and it's feasible, consider placing your perishable food items outdoors in the snow to stay cold.
 The BG&E employees handling customer calls will be giving outage information to repair crews and may not be able to provide detailed information about when power is going to be restored in a particular area, or why your neighbor has power and you don't. They will, however, tell you everything they can.
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 /Editors: BG&E's Public Information Unit will be available round- the-clock to answer your questions, direct you to areas of damage and do live and taped interviews. As usual, we can be reached at 410-234-7433.
 We encourage you to visit one of our storm centers because they provide an excellent background for a live shot. Our regional storm centers are located in Timonium (2034 Greenspring Drive, just off of Timonium Road and between the Red Roof and Holiday Inns) and Glen Burnie (7317 Parkway Drive South, just off Dorsey Road near the Baltimore- Washington Parkway interchange. The Electric Operations Building is located in Woodlawn at 7309 Windsor Mill Road, not far from Rolling Road. We will have Public Information representatives available at these locations for interviews. Here's where we expect the most activity as the storm moves closer and finally enters our area.
 FRIDAY
 2:30-3:30 p.m. -- BG&E crews return from today's work and get ready for tomorrow. Location: Front Street Service Center, 200 Front St. in East Baltimore, between Monument and Hillen streets, just south of the Maryland State Penitentiary.
 11 p.m. -- The storm status center at the Electric Operations Building in Woodlawn opens and prepares for the storm's onslaught.
 SATURDAY
 7 a.m. -- BG&E's regional storm centers in Timonium are fully staffed and crews are dispatched to areas of trouble. We will keep these centers staffed throughout the storm for interviews and live shots. We will also be able to direct you to area of system damage./
 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Slusark of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433/
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