Jersey Central Power & Light Preparing for Nor'easter

Thu Feb 7, 2013 1:05pm EST

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Resources Being Mobilized to Handle Outages that May Result from Wet, Heavy Snow
Accumulations and High Winds
MORRISTOWN, N.J.,  Feb. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- As a large-scale winter
nor'easter storm gathers strength on the East Coast, Jersey Central Power &
Light (JCP&L) is mobilizing additional FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility
crews and internal resources to assist with the restoration process should the
storm impact customers' electric service.  

Up to a foot of wet, heavy snow and high winds are predicted to hit parts of
JCP&L's northern  New Jersey  service territory tomorrow and into the weekend.  


"Based on current forecasts, we have activated our storm preparation and
restoration process and are proactively staging additional out-of-state
FirstEnergy crews in  New Jersey  to get them in position ahead of the snow to
minimize the impact the severe weather could have on our customers," said  Don
Lynch, president, JCP&L.  "In addition to the JCP&L personnel that are on alert,
the linemen, vehicles and supplies provided by other FirstEnergy utilities will
help speed the restoration process if the wet snow and winds damage our
equipment and cause service interruptions."

All available JCP&L crews and support personnel will work around-the-clock, as
needed, to restore service if customers are affected by the severe weather. 
They will be assisted by more than 100 crews and additional support personnel
from FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison
utilities that are expected to arrive in  New Jersey  today and will be ready to
begin restoration work when the storm hits as forecast.

Other steps JCP&L is taking to prepare for the nor'easter include:

* Securing additional tree contractors to assist with the outage restoration
process  
* Communicating with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators
and local officials about our storm preparation efforts   
* Activating staging areas for crews and equipment in locations expected to be
impacted by the storm based on current predictions and modeling  
* Working with mutual assistance groups to determine if outside utility crews
would be available to assist in  New Jersey, if needed.

For updated information on the company's current outages, FirstEnergy's storm
restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at 
www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.  JCP&L customers can find the latest
information on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/JCPandL  or on Twitter  @JCP_L.  

JCP&L 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.jcp-l.com.   

FirstEnergy customer call centers will be 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
smartphone.  

In a large-scale weather event, the company encourages customers to plan ahead
for the possibility of electric service interruptions by following these tips:  

Safety Tips During Outages

* Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home.  Avoid using candles to
light your home, especially around children and pets.  
* If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water
and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.  
* Make sure you have fresh batteries in a portable radio so you can stay tuned
to your local radio station for updates on our progress to restore power.   
* Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.  
* 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.   
* 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.  
* Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.  Tune to a local
station for current storm information.

Downed Wires

* Customers should immediately report downed wires to JCP&L or local police or
fire department.  Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if
they think it's no longer carrying electricity.  
* Don't try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines.  Wait for utility
crews to arrive.

Customer Generators

* Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting
uninterrupted service.  However, to ensure the safety of the home's occupants as
well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in
the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified
electrician.  When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should
always be disconnected.  Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back
onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in
the counties of  Burlington,  Essex,  Hunterdon,  Mercer,  Middlesex,  Monmouth,
 Morris,  Ocean,  Passaic,  Somerset,  Sussex,  Union  and  Warren.

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, hydro,
pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter 
@FirstEnergyCorp.

SOURCE  FirstEnergy Corp.


Ron Morano, JCP&L, +1-888-233-3583

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