Jersey Central Power & Light Preparing for Nor'easter

            Jersey Central Power & Light Preparing for Nor'easter

Resources Being Mobilized to Handle Outages that May Result from Wet, Heavy
Snow Accumulations and High Winds

PR Newswire

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 7, 2013

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:

  oSecuring additional tree contractors to assist with the outage restoration
    process
  oCommunicating with emergency management officials, state officials,
    regulators and local officials about our storm preparation efforts
  oActivating staging areas for crews and equipment in locations expected to
    be impacted by the storm based on current predictions and modeling
  oWorking 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

  oKeep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home. Avoid using candles to
    light your home, especially around children and pets.
  oIf you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled
    water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  oMake 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.
  oStock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require
    cooking.
  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
    sources.
  oGather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. 
  oDo not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources
    to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.
  oKeep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune to a
    local station for current storm information.

Downed Wires

  oCustomers 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.
  oDon't try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for
    utility crews to arrive.

Customer Generators

  oEmergency 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.

Website: http://www.firstenergycorp.com
Contact: Ron Morano, JCP&L, +1-888-233-3583
 
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