Hurricane Sandy could create possible Natural Gas Interruptions

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Weather predictions call for heavy rain due to HurricaneSandy through Tuesday, October 30. Heavy rains caused by the hurricane may cause flooding incommunities throughout the UGI Gas service area. This may result in an interruption of natural gasservice for some of our customers.UGI will be fully staffed to deal with any outages as quickly as possible. UGI customers whose naturalgas service has been affected by severe flooding conditions are asked to contact UGI Utilities at 1-800-276-2722.If you smell gas, which has an odorant added to aid in detection similar to that of rotten eggs, leave thebuilding immediately and call UGI's emergency number at 1-800-276-2722 from a neighbor's phone oryour mobile phone.Should your home or business be affected by floodwater, under no circumstances should you attempt toturn your gas supply on or off yourself. Submerged gas meters or regulators must be turned off andinspected by qualified utility personnel before service can be restored.Gas service can only be restored after floodwaters have completely receded, all standing water has beenpumped out and all mud and debris have been removed. UGI personnel will restore each individual gasservice and relight pilots to functioning equipment when it is safe to do so. Customers need to be awarethat restoration of natural gas service often requires electrical service to the property to be restored.UGI reminds its customers that contemporary natural gas appliances require electric power for operationof the electronic ignition and for fans and blowers that may be associated with the equipment. If you areexperiencing an electric outage, your gas appliance may not operate.

If your natural gas water heater, house heater or other gas appliance has been submerged, mostmanufacturers recommend you have the appliance inspected and possibly replaced. UGIrecommends calling a qualified plumbing and heating contractor for service. A list of qualified plumbersis available on the UGI website www.ugi.com/contractor.UGI will need access to customers' homes in order to restore service and relight equipment.Additional updates will be available on an ongoing basis at www.ugi.com/outages; on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ugiutilities; Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities. For those who do not haveInternet access, updates and news will also be provided to local media outlets, including newspapers andradio. If you would like to sign up to receive e-mail messages regarding power outages and restorationupdates, please go to www.ugi.com/outages and click on "UGI Gas Customers" under "Sign up forOutage Updates via E-mail." Next, enter your name and e-mail, and click submit. Please note: Customersand non-customers alike can use this service.UGI's Gas Division is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania and serves approximately 340,000customers in 15 southeastern Pennsylvania counties, including customers in and around Allentown,Bethlehem, Easton, Hazleton, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading.Additional information about UGI's Gas Division is available at www.ugi.com.

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