Archive for February, 2013

Your Nockamixon Emergency Management team is now on standby (alert) status as of 9:00 PM Thursday evening, February 7. We are in touch with local weather forecasters and monitoring the approach of this very potent winter storm.

This storm may bring with it significant snow and likely will bring high winds gusting 25-35 mph. Many forecasters are anticipating enough wind and snow to bring down trees and power lines. Met-Ed is certainly preparing for that scenario. Following is part of a notice they sent out to us today:

Met-Ed, along with other FirstEnergy utilities, are preparing to respond to potential outages that may result from a significant nor’easter forecast to affect Pennsylvania over the next several days. Beginning tomorrow (Friday)
and into the weekend, the storm is expected to produce up to a foot of heavy, wet snow across portions of northeast Pennsylvania.

Severe winter weather can bring down power lines, and customers should immediately report downed wires to their electric company, local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.

FirstEnergy customer call centers are 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 http://www.firstenergycorp.com via a mobile device.

For updated information on the company’s storm preparation efforts, current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, customers are urged to visit the 24/7 Power Center at http://www.firstenergycorp.com/outages. The operating company also will provide updates via Twitter: @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. A new mobile website is also available to customers who use a smartphone to visit http://www.firstenergycorp.com.

Customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages caused by
winter storms:
– Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a fire hazard.
– Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.
– If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
– Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
– Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand. Tune to a local station for current storm information.
– Have 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.


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