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Elizabethtown Gas prepared to respond to Hurricane Joaquin

UNION, NJ – Oct. 1, 2015 – Although its path is uncertain, Elizabethtown Gas is engaged in implementing its comprehensive emergency response plan to ensure safety and reliability of natural gas service during the effects of Hurricane Joaquin.

Elizabethtown Gas also is advising customers to take the necessary precautions now to protect themselves and their families. Meteorologists are predicting that Hurricane Joaquin could intensify, bringing with it substantial rain, damaging winds and the potential for flooding.

Elizabethtown Gas is providing the following guidelines associated with natural gas safety before, during and immediately following a severe weather emergency:

Detecting Gas Leaks

  • If customers smell the rotten egg odor that is often associated with natural gas, they should immediately leave the affected area and call the 24-hour emergency response line at 800.492.4009 from a safe location.
  • Residents should never try to identify the source of a leak themselves.
  • If the odor of gas is present, do not use a telephone or cellular phone, turn light switches on or off, operate any appliance or do anything that might cause a spark, such as lighting a match.

Damage Prevention

  • Strong winds and saturated grounds could cause trees to become uprooted. Before removing downed trees, customers should dial New Jersey One Call by calling 8-1-1 or 800.272.1000 to have the location of underground utility lines marked, because downed trees could become tangled with the natural gas lines.

Meter Safety

  • Customers are encouraged to know how to locate their natural gas meter.
  • Following a weather emergency, ensure the gas meter is visible, and the area surrounding the meter is free of trash and debris. Mechanical equipment used after the storm to clean up a location may damage the meter if it is hidden.
  • If a natural gas meter is damaged or gas line is exposed, immediately leave the area and call the Elizabethtown Gas 24-hour emergency response number at 800.492.4009.

Appliance Safety

  • Customers are advised to leave their natural gas service on during a hurricane or severe storm. Most gas appliances have safety valves that shut off the flow of gas automatically if the pilot light goes out.
  • If flooding occurs at a residence or business and the gas appliances are under water, customers are advised not to operate their appliances until a safety inspection is conducted.

Natural Gas Generators

  • During a power outage, natural gas generators provide continuous fuel supply from an existing natural gas line.  While these units are available in a range of sizes to meet various energy needs, customers are encouraged to contact Elizabethtown Gas to determine whether their service line meets load requirements for the generator’s safe and efficient operation.

For more information on how to stay safe during severe weather, visit www.elizabethtowngas.com/BePrepared.

About Elizabethtown Gas
Elizabethtown Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 281,000 residential, business and industrial natural gas customers in New Jersey. In operation since 1855, the company serves parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For more information, visit www.elizabethtowngas.com.

About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves over one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index.

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