While summer in Florida means backyard barbeques and trips to the pool, June in Florida also begins the start of Hurricane Season. Each year, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) makes sure the state’s electric utilities are up to date in their storm-hardening preparation, and Florida consumers have the safety information available to plan for and handle the impacts of severe weather.
“While natural disasters can be unpredictable and devastating, our best defense is to make sure we do everything we can to prepare for, and swiftly recover from, the effects of severe weather,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “The PSC is helping Florida’s families prepare by providing vital information that will assist in handling emergency situations.”
Families can learn how to protect their homes and loved ones during severe weather by using the PSC’s website to create a Hurricane Plan. The PSC’s “Hurricane House,” in English and Spanish, is an online guide that includes 19 tips to help prepare your family and your home for severe weather, from installing carbon monoxide detectors to creating a disaster supplies kit and dealing with downed power lines.
In May, the PSC held its annual Hurricane Preparedness Workshop, where the state’s five electric investor-owned utilities and major telecommunications companies updated the commission on their current hurricane preparedness status. These plans include PSC-mandated storm preparedness initiatives; facility inspections; maintenance and repairs; flooding and storm surge mitigation; wooden pole inspections; and coordination with other utilities, government, and community groups. Utility storm plans are designed to minimize electrical outages and help communities, businesses, and families return to normalcy as quickly as possible.
For more information on storm safety and storm-hardening tips, visit the PSC website, at www.floridapsc.com.
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