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Warming Centers Activated

January 28th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Potomac Edison is reporting the Corriganville Substation received substantial damage due to a fire, affecting customers in the Corriganville, LaVale, Cumberland, Ellerslie and Mount Savage areas. Potomac Edison crews are working to make repairs and hope to have service restored by 4:30 pm today. In the interim, warming centers have been activated, as follows:

Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Department, open at 10:00 am
15701 Iron Rail Street, NW, Mount Savage, MD

Cash Valley Elementary School, open at 11:00 am
10601 Cash Valley Road, NW, LaVale, MD

Braddock Middle School, open at 11:00 am
909 Holland Street, Cumberland, MD

The Mount Savage Volunteer Fire Department location will accept pets as long as the pets are crated or in a carrier; the pets must be secured. Cash Valley and Braddock are not equipped to accept pets.

We also encourage all residents to take precautions in preparation for this weather event:

 Monitor weather reports so you know the latest forecast for extreme weather conditions.

 If you must venture outside, wear a hat, gloves, scarf, warm coat and warm footwear; dress in layers beneath the coat to trap body heat. Do not stay outside any longer than absolutely necessary. Hypothermia and frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes.

 Extreme weather events always pose the potential for extended power outages. Make sure you have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food

 Keep cell phone, iPads, laptops and other electronic devices charged for emergency communications needs.

 Never use a portable generator inside the house, or in the garage or carport.

 If the power goes out, close the doors to rooms you don’t need to use and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors to cut down on drafts.

 Eating and drinking can help you stay warm, and ensure you take in enough fluids to prevent dehydration (avoid alcoholic beverages as they may contribute to dehydration).

 Per Potomac Edison, if an outage occurs as a result of severe weather, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage. Customers should report downed power wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Never go near a downed power line.

In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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