Getting your life back to normal faster after a storm
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
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