Winter Storm Nemo - February 8-9, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo has arrived with predictions of heavy snowfall of up to 12 inches by the time the storm ends Saturday morning.  There are expectations that the heavy snow will cause falling trees resulting in power outages in the area.  The town and county will have plows out clearing roadways throughout the storm, as long as it is safe for them to be on the road.  Some things to keep in mind:

  • We will keep this website updated with emergency information, including road closures, until the aftermath of the storm is cleared.
  • Do NOT call 9-1-1 about power outages, plowing information or other non-emergency items.  That number is to be used only for true emergencies. Tying up the 9-1-1 line could delay the ability of emergency services to respond to life-threatening situations.
  • Stay off the road unless absolutely necessary and park all vehicles of the street to allow easy passage for snow plows and emergency vehicles
  • Sidewalks are to be cleared within 24 hours after the snowfall stops

Jersey Central Power & Light has published the following information regarding their new mobile-optimized website and mobile apps, as well as storm preparation hints:

Morristown, N.J. – If the wet, heavy snow and strong winds from the nor’easter cause power interruptions, Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) mobile optimized website and new mobile app can be used by customers to report their outages and learn about the company’s overall restoration efforts. The free app is available for Apple® iPhone® and Android™ smartphones. JCP&L 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
Features of the website and app include:

  • A simple power outage reporting process and access to the company’s24/7 Power Center outage maps;
  • A click-to-call feature to reach customer service and links to the company’s social media sites;
  • One-click access to the full company website from each page of the mobile site.

Even if a customer’s home is without power as a result of severe weather, mobile phones can be charged with a car charger. By using a smartphone, customers will continue to have online access until JCP&L is able to restore electric service.

In addition to the mobile app, JCP&L customers can find the latest outage information on Facebook at or on Twitter @JCP_L.

In a large-scale weather event such as the nor’easter, JCP&L encourages customers to plan ahead for the possibility of electric service interruptions by following these tips:

Safety Tips During Outages

  • Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report the outage.
  • Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in the home. Avoid using candles, especially around children and pets.
  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled
    water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Make sure you have a portable radio so you can stay tuned to your local radio
    station for updates on our progress to restore power.
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you
    need to report your electricity is out.
  • Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person.
  • Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame appliances as heat
    sources – they can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to build up in your home.

Downed Wires

  • Customers should immediately report downed wires to JCP&L or local policeor fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line,even if they think it's no longer carrying electricity.
  • Don’t try to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines. Wait for utility
    crews to arrive.

Customer Generators

  • 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, 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.
Last Updated ( Friday, 08 February 2013 )