WILLIAMSPORT, Md., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The FirstEnergy Foundation has contributed $10,000 to the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region to support relief efforts for Maryland residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is the parent company of the Potomac Edison Company.
Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast on October 29, packing winds exceeding 80 mph and dropping up to more than a foot of heavy wet snow in the higher elevations in Western Maryland.
"Hurricane Sandy brought unprecedented damage to the Northeast, including portions of our service area," said Jim Fakult, regional president of Potomac Edison. "We're glad to provide assistance to the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region so it can help those who need it."
The FirstEnergy Foundation also will match all gifts employees make to the Red Cross during this crisis.
The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. and provides support to non-profit, tax-exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in areas served by FirstEnergy's 10 electric operating companies and in areas where the company has facilities.
Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves 388,000 customers in Maryland and West Virginia.
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 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.