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10/06/2016 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Urges Floridians to Prepare Now for Hurricane Matthew


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is monitoring the state’s investor-owned electric utilities as they prepare their customers for the impact of Hurricane Matthew and also urges all Florida consumers, under any current storm watches or warnings, to be prepared.

“The PSC is urging families to prepare now for Hurricane Matthew, a severe storm affecting Florida’s eastern coast,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown.  “State offices, as well as other governmental agencies and businesses, are closed in 26 counties, so people have time to prepare and get ready.  Please make sure your family has a ‘Hurricane Plan’ and be ready to activate it.’”

Storm preparation assistance is available on the PSC’s website, including information on Hurricane Preparedness and Portable Generator Safety. The PSC’s Hurricane House—an online guide in English and Spanish —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.

The PSC also recommends that you monitor potential Hurricane Matthew impacts to your area, as well as evacuation routes, shelter locations, road closures, and storm resources at www.floridadisaster.org.  Look for information on the path of the hurricane here. 

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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