Visions of a perfect Florida summer include lounging on our award-winning beaches and enjoying sunny skies. Hopefully, nothing will rain on this vision, as the start of Florida’s Hurricane Season coincides with summer vacations. Preparation is key to minimize the effects of severe weather on your summer plans. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has the tools to help you prepare for, and quickly recover from, any possible storms.
“While Tropical Storm Ana fortunately did not become a hurricane, her early arrival was a good reminder to Floridians that summer weather can be unpredictable and erratic,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “However, with the right information, Floridians can prepare their homes and families, and keep them protected this storm season.”
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 that details how to make a hurricane kit, as well as a storm preparation consumer tip.
The PSC also makes sure the state’s electric utilities are prepared for storm season. Every year the PSC reviews Hurricane Preparedness plans for the state’s five investor-owned electric utilities and major telecommunications companies. Utility storm plans are designed to minimize electrical outages and help communities, businesses, and families return to normalcy as quickly as possible. The 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.
For more information on storm safety and storm-hardening tips, visit the PSC’s website, www.floridapsc.com.
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