Information contained on this page is provided by companies via press release distributed through PR Newswire, an independent third-party content provider. PR Newswire, WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
Maryland, New Jersey, and Eastern Pa. Have Potential for Greatest Impact
AKRON, Ohio, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is preparing for the possible impact of heavy snow and high winds predicted to hit parts of its utilities' service territory beginning Wednesday. Current forecasts predict that the most severe weather will occur in Maryland, central and northern New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.
As part of the company's proactive storm response, more than 300 line personnel and hazard responders from FirstEnergy utilities in Ohio and western Pennsylvania are being redeployed to areas served by Potomac Edison in Maryland, Jersey Central Power & Light, and Metropolitan Edison that could be affected by the high winds and snow.
Other steps FirstEnergy is taking to prepare for the heavy snow and high winds include:
FirstEnergy 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 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.
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:
Customers can take the following steps to prepare for the possibility of outages caused by winter storms:
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 Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. 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.
©2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.