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 into tomorrow.
Additional crews from FirstEnergy Corp. sister utilities Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Co. 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 customers also can use 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.
When a power 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 location.
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 MW of capacity from a mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables.