For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
ComEd urges customers to report downed wires, exercise caution
CHICAGO (April 12, 2022) – With severe weather forecasted across northern Illinois starting Wednesday morning, ComEd is opening its Emergency Operations Center and getting equipment and additional crews in place to respond to potential power outages. Forecasts project heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour in some areas.
"We are positioning our people and equipment to respond and quickly and safely restore power to any customers who experience outages from this storm," said Terence Donnelly, president and COO of ComEd. "In addition, the investments that we have made to harden the power grid and improve resilience will help protect our customers from the impact."
Since it started smart grid investments in 2012, ComEd has improved overall reliability across northern Illinois communities and avoided more than 17 million customer interruptions. ComEd reported last week that for the first three months of 2022, it delivered its most reliable electric service on record for any first quarter in the company's more than century-long history, even as utilities are increasingly challenged by severe weather associated with climate change.
When responding to power outages caused by storms, ComEd's priority is to restore critical facilities such as police and fire stations, nursing homes and hospitals first, followed by work that will restore power to the greatest number of customers.
Public safety is paramount, and ComEd encourages customers to take the following precautions:
ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage. Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive restoration information and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at ComEd.com/report. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
ComEd's mobile app for iPhone and Android® smart phones gives customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts; download the app at ComEd.com/app.
ComEd's interactive outage map on its website at ComEd.com/map allows customers to easily find information on the location and size of outages and get estimated power restoration times.