FirstEnergy Utilities Prepared for Winter Storm

Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:47pm EST

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Widespread Snow and Winds Expected Across Territory
AKRON, Ohio,  Dec. 26, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) crews are
prepared and ready to respond to any outages caused by a severe winter storm
forecast across most of its utilities' service territories today and Thursday.

The storm is expected to produce a wintry mix of snow and ice in  Ohio, western
and central  Pennsylvania, the Northern Panhandle and higher elevations of  West
Virginia  and western  Maryland.  High winds are expected in northwest  Ohio 
and portions of New Jersey.  The potential for damaging ice also exists in
southeastern  West Virginia.  

Severe winter weather can bring down power lines, and customers should
immediately report downed wires to their electric company, local police or fire
department.  Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they
think it is no longer carrying electricity.

As a result of the weather, FirstEnergy utilities have implemented the company's
storm preparation process, including calling in extra line crews and securing
commitments from contractor crews to deploy as needed.  FirstEnergy crews and
support personnel will remain in their respective utility company service areas
until the full impact of the storm is known.                

Company personnel have participated in conference calls with the mutual
assistance groups including the New York Mutual Assistance Group and the
Southeastern Electric Exchange to determine the availability of outside utility
crews should large-scale outages occur.

FirstEnergy customer call centers are fully staffed.  Customers who are without
power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their
outage or click the "Report Outage" link on  www.firstenergycorp.comvia a mobile
device.

Customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages caused by
winter storms:

* Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.  Use care when burning candles;
open flames are a fire hazard.  
* Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas
stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly
carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.  
* If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water
and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.  
* Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.  
* Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.  Tune to a local
station for current storm information.  
* Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you
need to report your electricity is out.  Mobile phones can be charged in your
vehicle using a car charger when the power is out.  If you have a smart phone,
this will ensure you have access to online information sources.

For updated information on the company's storm preparation efforts, current
outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe,
customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at 
www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.  The operating companies also will provide
updates via Twitter:

* Toledo Edison:   @ToledoEdison
* The Illuminating Company:  @IlluminatingCo
* Ohio Edison:  @OhioEdison
* Mon Power:  @MonPowerWV
* JCP&L:  @JCP_L
* Penn Power:  @Penn_Power
* Penelec:  @Penelec
* Met-ED:  @Met_Ed
* Potomac Edison:  @PotomacEdison
* West Penn Power:  @W_Penn_Power

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and
operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the
nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in 
Maryland,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania,  New Jersey,  New York  and West Virginia.  Its
generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a
diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter 
@FirstEnergyCorp.

SOURCE  FirstEnergy


News Media, Patti Michel - Toledo Edison, Mark Durbin - The Illuminating
Company, Jennifer Young - Ohio Edison, Todd Meyers - West Penn Power, Mon Power,
Potomac Edison, Scott Surgeoner - Penelec, Penn Power, Met-Ed, Ron Morano -
JCP&L, 888-233-3583
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