Morristown, N.J., August 25, 2011 — As Hurricane Irene gathers strength off the East Coast, FirstEnergy Corp. utilities Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison and Potomac Edison are mobilizing employees and resources to help aid the restoration process should the storm impact customers' electric service.
Company meteorologists continue to monitor Hurricane Irene's progress and are providing targeted forecasts regarding its potential impact on the JCP&L, Met-Ed and Potomac Edison service areas. Other steps include:
* Preparing to mobilize employees and resources from throughout the company's 10 utilities to assist in storm restoration activities
* Arranging for the activation of staging areas for crews and equipment
* Communicating with emergency management officials, state officials and regulators
In a large-scale weather event, FirstEnergy urges all customers to follow the advice and recommendations of emergency management officials.
Emergency 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, always disconnect the power coming into your home. Otherwise, power from your generator could be sent back onto the utility company lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties, Met-Ed serves 560,000 customers in 13 Pennsylvania counties, and Potomac Edison serves about 250,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 135,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its ten electric distribution companies comprise the nation's largest investor-owned electric system. Its generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of about 23,000 MW.