News Flash


Posted on: February 27, 2024

FirstEnergy Storm Information


Please see the below message from FirstEnergy.

At the first hint of severe weather, we activate a storm response plan which often includes securing additional resources from our sister utilities and contractors so that we can deploy them to the hardest-hit areas, if necessary.
We realize the impact of a storm remains unclear until it hits the region, and our utility workers are ready to roll if it does cause outages. In addition to having around-the-clock, all-hands-on-deck coverage during severe weather, FirstEnergy’s utilities in Ohio – including the Illuminating Company – have additional resources on standby to assist our line crews with any potential outages that might occur. For this particular storm, we are most concerned with the potential for sustained, high winds and heavy rain/snow with this system.
We encourage our customers to prepare, too: 

  • Customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather alerts in advance of major storms. They can also use two-way text messaging to report outages, request updates on restoration efforts, and make other inquiries about their electric accounts. More information about these communications tools is available online at Outage Notifications (
  • Check out our Current Outages ( for the most up-to-date information on your outage, including causes, estimated restoration times and crew status.  
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to preserve food for as long as possible. Consider purchasing bags of ice and placing them inside to help save perishable food.
  • Consider keeping an emergency kit handy with items such as a flashlight, first-aid kit, extra batteries, bottled water, cell phone and car charger and a battery-powered radio.
  • Turn off or unplug sensitive electrical devices to safeguard them from power surges that may occur during the restoration process. Leave an incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back. 
  • NEVER OPERATE A GENERATOR INSIDE YOUR HOME. Exhaust from backup generators contain a high level of carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can be dangerous or even fatal if inhaled.
  • Do not use candles around pets or small children and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • In the event of a power outage, customers should report it to us by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or clicking the “Report Outage” link on Report Power Outage ( Customer reported outages help us pinpoint the damage locations, which can help speed restoration.

Lastly, please contact me, if the community opens a warming center due to the weather. Please provide the address and/or account number for the location, as we notify our Dispatch department. I will be available over the weekend with any questions or concerns. Stay safe


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