Jersey Central Power & Light Deploys More Than 2,400 Workers to Respond to
Personnel, Vehicles and Equipment Positioned for Restoration Work on
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 8, 2013
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jersey Central Power & Light
(JCP&L) has positioned more than 770 line workers, 500 hazard responders, 480
forestry workers and 600 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 accumulations of wet, heavy snow
exceeding 12 inches in portions of JCP&L's northern region this evening and
Additional crews from FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) sister utilities Ohio
Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison and outside contractors
have arrived in New Jersey to assist JCP&L with anticipated restoration
activities. The additional personnel and equipment have been strategically
concentrated in the Morris and Sussex County areas, where the storm is
forecast to have the greatest impact. JCP&L crews also are prepared to
respond to issues that may occur in other portions of its service territory.
"JCP&L'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
Don Lynch, president, JCP&L. "We will be in close contact with emergency
management officials, state officials, regulators and town officials
throughout the storm to share information on our preparation and restoration
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. 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.
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. During severe
damage, it could take repairs in many locations to restore power to one
Customers are encouraged to be safe and prepare for the possibility of
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. 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. To prevent
deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home, do not use gas
stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources inside.
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.
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
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
Contact: News Media, Ron Morano, JCP&L, 888-233-3583
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