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Westar Energy sends crews to Texas.

Crews to assist in restoration after severe storms leave thousands without power.

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Topeka, Kan., Oct. 3, 2014 — Westar Energy is responding to a call for help from Oncor in Dallas. Westar crews will assist Oncor’s efforts to restore power to more than 250,000 people following powerful thunderstorms that swept through the area on Thursday.

Gathered from all over Westar’s service territory, 46 crew members are on their way to Dallas. They will arrive this evening, sleep and begin work in the morning. At this time, it is expected that crews will be needed through Tuesday, Oct. 7. Linemen and support crews will report back regularly, and Westar will provide updates on Facebook and Twitter to let friends and family know how things are progressing and when crews will return home.

Westar Energy is a member of the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group, which makes it possible for utilities to call upon neighboring utilities and their contractors for help restoring service following a significant event such as a severe storm. In the event of catastrophic damage, utilities reach out for assistance from across the nation.

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

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Gina Penzig

Director, corporate communications

Phone: 785-575-8089

Media line: 888-613-0003

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