RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - Preparations are underway at the Florida Power and Light Command Center in Riviera Beach. It's the epicenter for the utility's power restoration plan throughout the entire state during a disaster.
FPL spokesman Greg Brostowicz says the utility's manager will make a decision Thursday about whether to enact its storm plan.
If the plan is a go, the center will be abuzz with more than 100 managers, including customer service, emergency and operational managers. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, FPL managers and its staff meteorologist met to discuss the weather and the possibility it could affect Florida.
Around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, food service deliverers diverted food from the company cafeteria into the center, in case FPL enacts the plan. Brostowicz says people should start planning for a possible storm now.
"Ask the questions now before the storm. If it were to be right on top of you, so you have a little bit more time to talk to your family, think about what you're going to do," said Brostowicz.
The utility recommends you trim your trees, call your local emergency management office if you or someone you know has special needs. Brostowicz says the officers there need to know, in case of an evacuation.
FPL says prepare to be self-sufficient for 14 days. That means getting your non-perishable food, pet food, medications, baby supplies and bottled water together in advance.