Notes from the road… and the sky
I was again in Southwest Florida – today visiting with our restoration workers and public officials in Fort Myers and Sarasota.
During these critical first few days of the Hurricane Irma restoration, I’m spending time in the field alongside employees to see firsthand how our restoration effort is progressing, helping resolve problems, and meeting with local, state and national leaders.
As part of my day, I was asked to represent the men and women of our industry during a brief visit by President Trump, Vice President Pence and other officials. At the request of the White House, I provided the President with an update on FPL’s restoration work. It was an honor to represent our industry in this capacity and convey how hard FPL is working to get Floridians’ lives back to normal.
I next traveled to our staging site at the Sarasota Fairgrounds where I met with one of our FPL area managers, Kim Sprague, and many of our restoration workers who are supporting our massive restoration effort. I also met with a gathering of local officials where I had the opportunity to share with them our restoration progress and to hear their thoughts and concerns.
While in Sarasota, I participated in a conference call with mayors, city and county administrators, sheriffs, fire chiefs and other officials representing the First, Space and Treasure Coasts. All of us at FPL are incredibly appreciative of the feedback and support we’re receiving from so many in the community.
Our restoration efforts in Southwest Florida and across Florida are getting help from an unusual place – drones in the sky. After an emergency such as Irma, it can be a challenge for our crews to safely assess the problems in the hardest-hit areas. Nearly 50 drone teams are using our state-of-the-art drones to get a bird’s-eye view of the damage, allowing us to quickly share information and video with our restoration teams. We get the right crews and resources in the right places at the right time.
We’re racing to get your power back on safely and as quickly as possible. Our people and technology are making a real difference. You have my commitment that we won’t stop working until all of our customers have their power restored. Thank you for your support, encouragement and patience during this challenging time.