Power Companies Serving the Washington DC AreaPEPCO (Potomac Electric and Power Company) provides electricity to Washington, DC and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.
(877) PEPCO-62. Power outage map
Dominion Virginia Power provides electricity to Virginia and North Carolina.
(888) 667-3000. Power outage map
Allegheny Power provides electricity to Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
1-800-Allegheny (1-800-255-3443) Power outage map
Tips for Coping with a Power Outage
- Be prepared. Before the storm, stock up on food, water, flashlights, batteries, warm clothing, extra blankets, first aid supplies, games or entertainment, etc.
- If you use a portable generator during a power outage, keep it outside, away from doors and windows. Carbon monoxide fumes are deadly and you need to be sure to keep them from entering your home.
- Don’t attempt to remove trees from a power line. Stay at least 10 feet away from the wire. Leave this dangerous work to the professionals.
- Extended power outages can cause food to spoil due to lack of refrigeration. Food in a refrigerator can stay safely cold for 4 to 6 hours. Items in the freezer can stay frozen for 2 to 4 days. Keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time. See more tips for preparing for power outages by the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
- Stay Comfortable and Safe. During the winter months, wear layers and be sure to stay warm enough. In the summer, protect yourself from heat stress and drink plenty of water. Visit a friend or go to a public place that has heat or air conditioning.
More Public Utility Emergency Phone NumbersWASA (Water and Sewer Authority Hotline ) (202) 612-3400
Verizon (Telephone Company) (800) 275-2355
WMATA (Washington Metro Area Transit Authority) (202) 962-1212
Washington Gas (Gas Company) (800) 752-7520
Free Wifi Locations in the DC AreaWashington DC