**FILE** Utility Panel moderated by R. Nash
**FILE** Utility Panel moderated by R. Nash

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (Commission) kicks off its third annual Winter Ready DC campaign from October to March. Winter Ready DC encourages District residents to prepare their homes and businesses for winter to avoid high utility bills.

The campaign begins with a Winter Ready DC Training for church, community and nonprofit leaders on October 4th at 9:30 a.m., at the DCPSC, located at 1325 G Street N.W. Leaders can speak directly to representatives from Pepco, Washington Gas, Verizon DC and DC Water about customer assistance programs. Attendees will also participate in home demonstrations to learn inexpensive ways to save energy and money. NBC4 Chief Meteorologist, Doug Kammerer will make a special appearance to provide the DC Winter Weather Outlook. The training will be moderated by WHUR 96.3FM, Public Affairs Director Renee Nash.

**FILE** DCPSC Commissioners at Winter Ready DC 2017

The Commission also will give away 100 Winter Ready DC toolkits on Saturday October 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Annie’s Hardware, located at 3405 8th Street N.E. The first 100 residents from DC will receive a toolkit to help them weatherize their home.

“When citizens need assistance, many times they will look to their ANC representative, church or civic association to get their questions answered and learn what resources and programs are available to them,” said Commission Chairman Betty Ann Kane. “Through Winter Ready DC, the Commission provides resources and tools to these community leaders so that they are better able to provide assistance and guidance to their community members.”

Commissioner Willie L. Phillips emphasized that “Winter Ready DC is designed to partner and share information with community groups. We want to ensure that District consumers- especially seniors, low-income and individuals with disabilities – have direct access to resources.”

“By partnering with community leaders, the Commission aims to connect the community with resources and tools to ensure DC residents are prepared for all seasons, stated Commissioner Richard A. Beverly. “We are able to broaden our reach and impact to the community by equipping leaders with the information they need to share within their community.”

This year, Winter Ready DC is an official Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA). This partnership is designed to improve the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events.

Throughout the winter season, the DCPSC staff will attend community events throughout the District promoting winter preparedness and on the Commission website and social media platforms.

To register for the Winter Ready DC 2018 event and for more resources, please visit https://dcpsc.org/WinterReadyDC2018

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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