FPL has a storm plan – do you?
It’s hard to believe, but the 2018 hurricane season is here. The six-month season runs from June 1 to November 30. Having dealt with more than 120 hurricane landfalls since the mid-19th century, Florida is no rookie to the fury Mother Nature can bring. Neither is FPL because we have a storm plan heading into every season. Our rigid plan calls for constant training on our storm response, implementing lessons learned from each storm and continuing to build a more storm resilient energy grid.
They say practice makes perfect, which is why our annual weeklong storm drill is included in our plan. During this drill, we test the response of more than 3,000 employees on a hypothetical storm. It’s a critical component of our extensive year-round training to ensure employees are ready to respond when you need us the most. At this year’s drill, which included Gov. Rick Scott and first responders, we simulated our response on a mock major hurricane named Cobalt, mimicking 1964’s Hurricane Isbell with striking similarities to 2005’s Hurricane Wilma. We also incorporated into the exercise working with other emergency operations centers and played a role in the statewide exercise, called HurrEX.
We’re not just training, we are out in the field doing – 24/7/365. Since the historic 2004-2005 hurricane seasons, we have invested more than $3 billion to create a stronger, smarter grid to better serve our more than 5 million customers. These investments include hardening or strengthening power poles, inspecting poles for strength and installing smart grid technology. All of this has not only improved reliability in day-to-day operations, it’s also helped speed restoration after storms – evident following Hurricane Irma.
No matter how thorough our plan may be, we understand there will be outages after a major hurricane. Every storm is different, along with the damage that comes with it. That’s why we urge you to begin preparing for this season, if you haven’t done so already. Keep your family safe with a plan that includes evacuation routes, special medical needs, important phone numbers and supplies. You’ll find more storm preparedness tips for you and your family on FPL.com/storm.