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CHANGING THE CURRENT

CHANGING THE CURRENT

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Getting your life back to normal faster after a storm

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As president of Florida Power & Light Company, Eric Silagy leads the thousands of employees who bring affordable, reliable power to you every day. He’s raising his family here in the sunshine state, something that fuels his drive to always look for ways to make tomorrow better for all of us.

If you’ve experienced a hurricane here in Florida, you know how important it is to be prepared. For me, and the rest of us here at FPL, that means always working to make the system that brings power to your home stronger.

We’re doing this by accelerating our ongoing work to make our system more resilient against storms, now rather than years down the road. In fact, we’re investing approximately half a billion dollars between 2013 and 2015 to make improvements, such as installing stronger poles, putting in more resilient equipment and working to protect our system against storm surges. This work continues the multi-year storm strengthening effort we began following the devastating hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.

Some of the improvements we’ll make over the next three years come after seeing the successes of previous efforts to reinforce our system. For example, our experience with recent storms shows that power lines that we’ve already strengthened are roughly half as likely to have an outage during severe weather. That means fewer outages, faster restoration and better everyday reliability for you. We’re also using key lessons learned from previous storms, including Superstorm Sandy.

While Florida hasn’t experienced a major hurricane in several years, Sandy’s devastation in the Northeast served as a stark reminder to Floridians how powerful Mother Nature can be. It also supported my belief that it’s not a matter of if Florida will have another severe storm, but when. I am committed to doing what it takes to get your life back to normal quickly after a storm. Our improvements will help us do that for generations to come.

This is how all of us here at FPL are preparing for future hurricanes. At home, I’m making sure my family is prepared, too. We can help you get ready. Just visit our Storm Center for important information that will help everyone get through this storm season safely.

– Eric Silagy

Your safety is very important to us. If this is a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room. For non-emergencies, you can reach us during regular business hours via Facebook private message, or follow and message us on Twitter and one of our representatives will assist you. To report an outage, please call 1-800-4-Outage. Thank you and please stay safe.

Comments [33]

  1. Mike Gerlach

    Hurricane Andrew taught many of us how to deal with the aftermath of a major storm. You will be dependent on others to get through the initial phases of recovery. Regardless of what was reported the National Guard was a life saver. I never needed for food or water.
    I was one of the lucky whose home was intact after the storm. It’s location was one block from the Deering Estate where the highest storm surge of 17 feet was recorded. I elected to remain at my residence after the storm. Managing my generator power was very important. This is what I learned. Have a small generator available. A 2000 watt+ is good. Fuel was hard to come by so you want a generator that burns little. To be able to power your fridge, small window ac unit, radio, recharge batteries and any other small essential is important. Have motor oil on hand for an oil change. I went a month without commercial power. Most of all be patient. Remember everyone is in the same situation you are in. There has to be a starting point somewhere.

  2. JoAnn Ivey

    I have lived in Manatee Co. since 1960 and I want to thank FPL. for all their faithfulness to restore power when there is an outage. Your company has strived to keep bills as low as you can and I have seen little sleepy Manatee Co., at one time, now become quite a city. Thanks for all your hard work.

  3. Karen Vaccaro

    I absolutely agree with fellow bloggers that FPL’s customer communication efforts are terrific, and are much appreciated.

    I transplanted here from CT 20 yrs. ago, and have gone thru quite a few wild near misses as you all have, but the worse one was 2005’s Hurricane Wilma–remember Her? We lost power for 10 days even though we are located across the street from a major Broward Health Hospital. I have definitely noticed that after FPL’s renovations/updating, our area has not had a power outages like we did before for just a hiccup! Thanks, FPL!

    I have always had this Question to FPL:
    How come the Electric Power Company that services the Florida Keys is able to restore their power in literally no-time, even during Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, flooding, torrential rains, etc.?

    Thank you for your time and consideration in responding to me,

    ~~Karen I absolutely agree with fellow bloggers that FPL’s customer communication efforts are terrific, and are much appreciated.

    I transplanted here from CT 20 yrs. ago, and have gone thru quite a few very wild near misses as you all have, but the worse one was 2005’s Hurricane Wilma–remember Her? We lost power for 10 days even though we are located across the street from a major Broward Health Hospital. I have definitely noticed that after FPL’s renovations/updating, our area has not had a power outages like we did before for just a hiccup! Thanks, FPL!

    I have always had this Question to FPL:
    How come the Electric Power Company that services the Florida Keys is able to restore their power in literally no-time, even during Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, flooding, torrential rains, etc.?

    Thank you for your time and consideration in responding to me,

    ~~Karen V.

  4. John Stehman

    When power is lost during a storm,, many folks would like to have at least a back-up generator that is quiet, reliable and efficient. This is not for an entire house backup, rather for the refrigerator, and perhaps a fan, TV, light, etc. It would be great if FPL had a service to help us select the right generator and any switchover panel required. Perhaps, $500 max.

  5. frank cuizio

    Hi,i think considering the circumstances FPL has done an outstanding job.There are millions of families very much involved,they all need electricity.Some places arenot as easily to get to in bad weather,especially flooded areas.
    I had lived in the Fla Keys for 18 years and have had many power outages.It always took longer to get power down there.
    I think it is a good idea to always have a backup system,i have 2 stoves and 4 generators.
    THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK F.C.

  6. Marilyn Castellano

    Would like to know how to prepare for hurricane.

  7. Ruth Lentini

    Hi,
    Thank you for the information about storm safety. Is there anything I need to do in terms of updating contact information or for preparedness that you would suggest?

  8. Jayne Cosmar

    Keep up the excellent work in providing us I formation! Thanks

  9. John Sliman

    Thank you for the information.

  10. Leslie Salerno

    If you normally keep your computer on except in a storm, turn off your monitor. When going on vacation or leaving even for a couple of days, unplug your TV’s and any appliance that does not need to be running while you are away. Look into purchasing an Econo-hot water heater — you will have hot water on demand, but will not be heating 40 or more gallons of water constantly. Put lamps on timers appropriate to t he season.

  11. Sondra KShrock

    Thanks for the information.

  12. John H. Gallen, M.D.

    good stuff.

  13. Jim Whitlatch

    Everyone I know has made the same comment: why don’t they bury the lines underground? Why not ?

  14. dalianys torres

    Por favor en espanol

  15. Rita P. Barnes

    Live in South Florida for 43 yrs., and only by the grace of God have not been hit by a severe hurricane. All of your personnel have been wonderful with my husband when alive and now with just me. Thank you for all the work you guys do.

  16. Pauline Cordell

    I am in NC for 2 months.. Hope there is no powerful
    storm while I am gone. I will be in touch when I
    return to FL

  17. Laurie Suskind

    Appreciate FPL working hard to keep our lights on.

  18. Darryl Holleman

    Info on how to save energy

  19. Twilla Greene

    Continue to help save. Thank You!

  20. William Emilius

    Too many people have become so reliant on e-mail and cell phones that the point should be continually stressed by FPL that after a major storm along with possible power failure comes loss of cell towers ie; Cell Service. People need to understand these inconveniences, especially if they have never experienced it. It’s Real. Hope for the Best But Always Prepare for the Worst.

  21. Richard W. Goodwin

    I live in a gated HOA community in Lake Worth, Valencia Shores. When will smart meters be installed at Valencia Shores? Thank you

  22. Sylvia Booma Carroll

    Thanks for your excellent service. Sylvia Carroll

  23. Maria Salsamendi

    God Bless You, for what you are doing for all of us here in the Sunshine State. Maria Salsamendi

  24. Harvey D. Gold

    The only way you will ever know if all the $Billion spent by FPL to improve service after a severe hurricane is to have another hurricane(s) like we had in 2004 and 2005. Hopefully, we do not have such hurricane(s) hitting the FPL areas of jurisdiction for another decade. You never can out guess Mother Nature, especially here in Florida. The weathermen, themselves, with all their tracking instruments foul up. They did in 2004 and 2005. Florida’s hurricane season during a six (6) month period is very very unpredictable. The old expression “time will tell” holds true no matter what it has cost FPL to bring the best service to its customers after a hurricane. Good Luck!! We all need it.

  25. Evelyn Viehbeck

    no comment

  26. Harold Kirsh

    Thanks for keeping me informed.

  27. Carol Holmes

    Is FPL working to run lines to residential customers underground? We had an underground hookup when we lived in Leesburg, FL and seldom lost power during storms. I do appreciate all the information FPL sends out on their emails and the service you provide. Carol Holmes

  28. Ray Levesque

    I have saved about $40.00 a month on my electric bill by doing a simple thing. I bought two Christmas tree extension switches. (they plug into the wall and then you can plug something into it and it has a long shut of cord to kill the electric current)I plug a power bar into it and put all the transformers from the TV, CD player, Sound bar Antenna Box, etc…all into the power bar. At night we shut the power down to all those transformers with one switch. We did the same with the computer, scanner, printer,stereo. I was ignorant to know that these transformers are running all the time even if your not using the product there plugged into. Worked for me.

  29. Rick & Theresa Feller

    Offer incentives for upgraded windows, doors & insullation

  30. Peter Smith

    Why are you not putting power lines under ground. Stronger poles sounds so 20th century

  31. Suzanne Arnold

    I would like to get in on how to prepare for a bad hurricane

  32. Bill Morgenstein

    Instead of stronger poles the poles should be put under ground!

  33. Harold Huber

    I have nothing to add, we are here 9 months, then back to KY for 3 months.