FirstEnergy Utilities in Pennsylvania Prepare for Nor'easter

Thu Feb 7, 2013 1:05pm EST

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Crews Mobilized to Respond to Potential Outages from Heavy, Widespread Snow and
Wind
AKRON, Ohio,  Feb. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE)
utilities Penelec, West Penn Power and Met-Ed are preparing to respond to
potential outages that may result from a significant nor'easter forecast to
affect  Pennsylvania  over the next several days.  Beginning tomorrow and into
the weekend, the storm is expected to produce up to a foot of heavy, wet snow
across portions of northeast  Pennsylvania.

Additional FirstEnergy resources from  Ohio,  West Virginia,  Maryland  and
other parts of  Pennsylvania  are mobilizing to assist with the restoration
process should the storm impact customers' service.  More than 100 utility crews
and additional support personnel from FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison, The
Illuminating Company, Mon Power, Potomac Edison and Penn Power utilities are
expected to arrive today and will be ready to begin restoration work when the
storm hits.

"We have been monitoring this weather system since early this week and have been
preparing to minimize the impact the severe weather could have on our
customers," said  Doug Elliott, president of FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania
Operations.  "Proactive mobilization of additional linemen, vehicles and
supplies from other FirstEnergy utilities will help speed the restoration
process if the snow and winds damage our equipment and cause service
interruptions.  In addition, we continue to work to secure commitments from
outside contractor crews and through mutual assistance groups for additional
resources to deploy as needed."

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.

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.com  via 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:   @Penelec,  @Met_Ed  and  @W_Penn_Power

Customers also can utilize a new free smartphone app to report outages and
access important information and services related to their electric accounts. 
The app is available for  Apple®  iPhone®  and  Android smartphones.  Customers
can use the keyword "FirstEnergy" to locate the apps in the online store.  A new
mobile website is also available to customers who use a smartphone to visit 
www.firstenergycorp.com.   

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 Corp.


Scott Surgeoner - Met-Ed/Penelec, +1-610-921-6785; Todd Meyers - West Penn
Power, 1-888-233-3583

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