With its emergency response plan activated and statewide resources in place, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is staying a step ahead of imminent storm activity to keep the state plugged in with amplified staffing.
Severe weather was expected to reach much of the region, including heavy rain and winds, with possible tornado activity. FPL has prepared for potential power outages by increasing staff both statewide and on the western coast, where storms are predicted to hit first.
"In total, we have more than 6,000 resources ready to respond throughout our service area," Eric Silagy, president and CEO for FPL, said. “These actions will ensure we are positioned to restore power safely and as quickly as possible. Importantly, we also ask that customers make safety their top priority."
Silagy outlined FPL’s strategy for coping with storm season, listing training, connecting with emergency personnel to maintain lists of community resources and facilities, and ensuring robust landscaping practices, including keeping power lines clear of growth and fully inspected.
He encouraged FPL customers to keep their account numbers in a safe place together with FPL’s phone number (1-800-4OUTAGE or 1-800-468-8243) in case of outages. Silagy also reminded consumers to have backup plans in the case of power-dependent medical equipment usage in the home.