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July 20, 2018
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(BPRW) Preparing your business and home for this year’s storm season

-Richard Gibbs of FPL shares important information on storm preparation-

(Black PR Wire) MIAMI, FL -- Tropical weather in Florida is a way of life. The Sunshine State leads the nation in landfalling hurricanes with nearly 120. Properly preparing for hurricane season now can save you and your employees unwanted stress when a storm is imminent. The key is having a plan in place when that time comes. Here are some tips from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to help get you going as we head into the heart of storm season.

 Plan ahead:

  • Ensure your employees’ contact information is up to date.
  • Have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes, e.g. set up a telephone number with a message featuring updates to inform employees of the status of company operations.
  • Establish a safe area away from exterior glass windows and doors if you plan to shelter at your business.
  • Identify what you need to secure your building, important equipment and who will help; outline specific tasks and conduct a training session.
  • Bookmark and save 1-800-4OUTAGE to your cell phone to report and check the status of your restoration.
  • Download FPL’s Mobile App in the App Store or Google Play, or text the word "App" to MyFPL (69375).


Generator safety

  • Read and follow all the manufacturer’s guidelines when using a generator to avoid dangerous shortcuts and ensure safe operation.
  • DO NOT directly connect your generator to your business’s breaker or fuse box. Power from a generator connected to a business’s wiring will "back feed" into utility lines – which can severely injure or kill a neighbor or utility crew working to restore power.
  • DO NOT run generators inside your business or garage.
  • Keep generators away from all open windows to prevent the fumes from entering your business.
  • Use a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm to monitor possible dangerous gas levels.
  • Turn off all connected appliances before starting your generator.
  • Turn connected appliances on one at a time, never exceeding the generator’s rated wattage.
  • DO NOT touch a generator if you are wet, standing in water or on damp ground.
  • NEVER refuel a hot generator or one that is running – hot engine parts or exhaust can ignite gasoline.
  • Have plenty of gas safely stored in gas containers to operate your generator.


Before a storm:

  • Pay attention to instructions from public officials and the media.
  • Identify outdoor equipment, materials and structures that could become airborne and move them to a safe location.
  • Park vehicles in safe, protected areas such as a covered garage.
  • Charge your cell phone and keep it ready by obtaining portable chargers.
  • Make multiple back-ups of computer files and data and store records off premises.
  • Run a special voice message informing employees and customers on the status of company operations.
  • Close offices with sufficient time to allow employees to secure their own homes, and inform clients that you’re closing early and when you plan to reopen.


After a storm:

  • Make your safety and the safety of your employees a priority.
  • DO NOT travel, or ask employees to travel, until it is safe to do so.
  • Watch for downed power lines. Call 911 or FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE to report fallen, dangerous power lines. Always assume that every power line is energized.
  • Take inventory to determine and record losses – based off of photos and recordings you took for insurance purposes.


Always keep safety top of mind and see more valuable storm tips at


Richard Gibbs, senior communication specialist with Florida Power & Light Company, is a member of FPL’s storm media team.