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NEWS RELEASE


03/30/2016 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Directs Hurricane Preparedness for Utilities


TALLAHASSEE — For the past ten years, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has worked closely with Florida’s electric and telecommunications companies to increase their efforts on improving their systems’ reliability and resiliency in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 20.

“The PSC works diligently with Florida’s utilities to better prepare for storm season, so residents experience as little disruption to their utility services as possible,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown.  “It’s important to highlight how Florida’s utilities are using best practices and lessons learned in order to strengthen their infrastructure, while also minimizing customers’ costs.”

At today’s annual PSC hurricane preparedness workshop, electric and telecommunications companies presented updates on their storm plan hardening projects. Their 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. 

To help Florida’s residents better prepare for hurricane season, the PSC also has useful tools on its website, www.floridapsc.com.  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. Tips include everything from planning an evacuation route, to installing carbon monoxide detectors and dealing with downed power lines. The PSC’s website also features a consumer tip on how to make a hurricane kit, as well as a tip on storm preparation.  

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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