FPL is making our final preparations for the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma. FPL has a restoration workforce of nearly 13,500 employees and contractors and are prepositioning crews in the areas anticipated to be hardest hit, so they are ready to respond safely and as quickly as possible.
• With a storm of this magnitude and intensity, FPL crews will likely have to completely rebuild parts of our electric system.
• Restoring power through repairs is measured in days; rebuilding the electric system could be measured in weeks.
• No matter how extensive the damage, FPL's full commitment that they will work 24/7 to get the lights back on in our communities.
The time before a storm can be hectic, so follow these tips for when a storm approaches:
• Review your emergency plan – make pet arrangements or shelter arrangements.
• Install hurricane shutters – this should be done before the wind picks up to prevent a dangerous situation.
• Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment.
• Put important documents in a waterproof container.
• Turn refrigerator and freezers to their coldest settings – and freeze extra ice.
• Prepare your home and safe room – Fill bathtubs with water, make sure your safe room is comfortable and contains the items necessary for waiting out a storm.
• Fill fuel tanks – for vehicles, portable generators, etc.
Please make safety your first priority after the storm has passed. Here are some basic tips that will keep you, your family and your employees safe while the power is out:
• Follow instructions from your local emergency management officials.
• Avoid driving in damaged areas. You might interfere with rescue or restoration efforts, as well as jeopardize your own safety.
• Assume all cables and wires are energized and stay away.
• Keep away from flooded and debris-laden areas because they may be hiding downed lines
Call 911 or 1-800-4OUTAGE to report downed electrical lines that present a clear and imminent danger.
If you plan to run a portable generator:
• Set it up outside far away from windows and your neighbor’s windows.
• Connect appliances directly to it.
• Adhere to manufacturer’s safety guidelines when operating a portable generator
• Do not wire a generator directly to your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box
• The power you generate may flow back into power lines and cause injuries.
• Only a licensed electrician should connect a generator to a main electrical panel.
Visit www.FPL.com/storm for additional hurricane season and safety tips.