FirstEnergy Utilities Prepared for Winter Storm

               FirstEnergy Utilities Prepared for Winter Storm

Widespread Snow and Winds Expected Across Territory

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 26, 2012

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 via
a mobile device.

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

  oKeep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning
    candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
  oGather 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.
  oIf you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled
    water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  oStock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require
  oKeep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune to a
    local station for current storm information.
  oHave 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

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 The operating companies also will provide
updates via Twitter:

  oToledo Edison: @ToledoEdison
  oThe Illuminating Company: @IlluminatingCo
  oOhio Edison: @OhioEdison
  oMon Power: @MonPowerWV
  oJCP&L: @JCP_L
  oPenn Power: @Penn_Power
  oPenelec: @Penelec
  oMet-ED: @Met_Ed
  oPotomac Edison: @PotomacEdison
  oWest 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

SOURCE FirstEnergy

Contact: 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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