Protect your family and home during hurricane season – CBS Miami

At FPL, safety is the cornerstone of our commitment to customers and employees. FPL urges the Floridians to be prepared and to be aware of potential safety risks at all times, especially before, during and after severe weather. As Florida continues its pandemic recovery, please maintain a safe social distance of at least two meters from any crews who are working to turn on your lights as well.

Below are tips to help you and your family stay safe during hurricane season.

Before a storm threatens

  • Now develop your contingency plan and discuss it with your family.
  • Photograph or document your home – inside and out – for insurance purposes.
  • Determine your backup power source or make arrangements to move if a storm warning goes off and someone in your home depends on electrically powered, life-support medical equipment.
  • Get rid of tree and vegetation debris quickly – garbage collection will be suspended in the event of a hurricane warning. Visit our website for more information on our tree pruning guidelines.
  • DO NOT attempt to trim plants growing on or near overhead lines. Use only qualified personnel to cut trees and other plants near power lines.

Preparing for an approaching storm

  • Turn off all unnecessary electrical devices and unplug them.
  • Turn off all pool pumps and filters and wrap them in waterproof materials.
  • Set your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting in advance to keep food fresher longer in the event of a power failure.
  • Before starting any ladder work, look up and write down the location of any power lines. Make sure that ladders or scaffolding are far enough away that you – and the ends of any tools used – are no more than 10 feet (3 meters) from power lines.
  • Make sure to turn off and unplug your TV before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, and avoid power lines.
  • Gather important documents including: insurance policies, health cards, birth certificates, social security cards, a list of important phone numbers and medications, and a copy of your FPL bill – keep them in a waterproof container.
  • Bookmark and save 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) on your mobile phone to report and check the status of your recovery.
  • Contact your local Emergency Office if you or someone you know has special needs in the event of an evacuation.
  • Prepare to be self-sufficient for an extended period of time, according to rescue workers. Get hold of: non-perishable food, extra batteries, medication, baby supplies, and pet food
  • Buy bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends a gallon of water per person per day for up to 14 days.
  • Have a battery-powered radio and a two-week supply of fresh batteries ready.
  • Check your emergency equipment, i.e. flashlights, battery operated radios, extension cords, cell phones and chargers, and backup generators.
  • Charge your phone and keep it handy by getting portable chargers.
  • Install an approved hurricane closure system over windows and doors, or use alternative coverings such as plywood.
  • Secure and prepare your home by stowing outside items indoors, fastening doors and windows, covering valuables and furniture with plastic, and moving away from windows.

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