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PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC PREPARES CUSTOMERS FOR THE SUMMER STORM SEASON

PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC PREPARES CUSTOMERS FOR THE SUMMER STORM SEASON
 PHILADELPHIA, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer storm season is about to begin and Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PE) is more prepared this year to handle storm related power outages.
 When heavy rain, high winds and lightning whip through the Delaware Valley, PE will be ready with a new automated phone system, enhanced computer capabilities, and an improved storm control center.
 -- The phone system will allow PE to handle more than 12,000 customers calls an hour during a storm. It will be activated during severe weather so customers can report an outage and related damage.
 -- The enhanced computer system allows PE to collect and process information about a storm faster and to determine the extent of damage sooner.
 -- The improved storm center enables PE to improve the timeliness of the restoration process.
 Stan Johnson, manager of PE's System Operations said, "We believe the significant improvements we've made demonstrate PE's continued commitment to providing reliable service. The improvements will allow us to better serve our customers especially during severe weather."
 Severe weather and lightning can strike anytime, so PE said it wants to prepare its customers with these precautions:
 -- REPORT OUTAGES IMMEDIATELY: If you lose electricity, call PE's Emergency Telephone Services at 215-841-4141 to report the problem.
 -- STAY AWAY FROM TREES AND DOWNED WIRES: Downed wires can be very dangerous. Report them immediately and warn others to stay away. Remember electrical wires and water don't mix. Trees are good targets for lightning.
 -- SEEK SHELTER OR STAY AT HOME: Customers are generally safe inside the house. When you're outdoors, find safe shelter inside a building. Stay away from trees and metal objects.
 -- DISCONNECT SENSITIVE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT: A strong lightning surge could cause damage to VCR's, computers and televisions.
 -- STAY AWAY FROM WATER: If you're swimming, boating or fishing when a storm hits, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
 -- STOCK UP ON BATTERIES: Batteries for flashlights and portable radios will come in handy in a severe storm.
 Philadelphia Electric Company supplies electricity to 1.5 million customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The company's transmission lines are equipped with lightning arresters designed to trap and defuse lightning as it occurs. But in severe cases, damage occurs.
 On July 7, 1991, a major storm ripped through the Philadelphia area producing 4,000 lightning strikes in one hour. More than 135,000 customers were affected by high winds, rain and lightning making this one of the worst storms in the company's history.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Buehler of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4198/
 (PE) CO: Philadelphia Electric Company ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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