Metropolitan Edison Deploys More Than 1,000 Workers to Respond to Winter
Personnel, Vehicles and Equipment Positioned for Restoration Work on
READING, Pa., Feb. 8, 2013
READING, Pa., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed) has
positioned approximately 290 line workers, 260 hazard responders, 430 forestry
contractors and additional support personnel to respond to possible outages
following the winter nor'easter, which began moving into the state this
morning. The storm is expected to bring up to a foot of wet, heavy snow to
portions of Met-Ed's service area this evening and into tomorrow.
Additional crews from FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utilities Penn Power, Mon
Power, Potomac Edison, Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, and Toledo
Edison and outside contractors have arrived in eastern Pennsylvania to assist
Met-Ed with anticipated restoration activities. The additional personnel and
equipment have been strategically concentrated in the eastern and northern
areas of Met-Ed's service territory where the storm is forecast to have the
greatest impact. Met-Ed crews also are prepared to respond to issues that may
occur in other areas as well.
"Met-Ed's emergency operations center is in full operation, and our crews are
poised and ready to work round-the-clock in 16-hour shifts to restore power to
every customer should the nor'easter storm cause service interruptions," said
Mike Doran, president, Met-Ed. "We will be in close contact with emergency
management, state and local officials and regulators to share information on
our preparation and restoration activities."
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. FirstEnergy customer call centers are fully
For updated information on current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration
process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at
www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. Met-Ed customers also can find the latest
outage information via Twitter: @Met_Ed.
Met-Ed 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.
When a significant outage occurs, the priority for restoration starts with
emergency services, including hospitals, police, fire and first aid. Repairs
are scheduled based on restoring the most people the fastest. In areas with
severe damage, it could take repairs in multiple locations to restore power to
Customers are encouraged to be safe and prepare for the possibility of
oCustomers should immediately report downed wires to Met-Ed or local police
or fire departments. Customers should never go near a downed power line,
even if they think it's no longer carrying electricity. Don't walk or
drive near or over a downed line, and watch out for anything touching the
line. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay inside until
oKeep children and pets away from any wires.
oIf you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled
water and consider filling your bathtub with fresh water.
oKeep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning
candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
oIf power goes out, unplug appliances such as refrigerators and freezers,
and sensitive electronic equipment such as TVs and computers so that they
won't overload when power is restored.
oGather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person.
oTo prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home, do
not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources
oStock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require
oKeep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune in to a
local radio 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 power is out. If you have a smart
phone, this will ensure you have access to online information sources.
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.
Met-Ed serves approximately 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties.
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,
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