Several years have passed since the last hurricane directly impacted the United States, but it's only a matter of time before the next one does.
It's easy to get complacent, but history has proven that storms can result in extensive property damage and widespread power outages. A lack of preparation and inadequate planning can leave many feeling vulnerable to the powerful effects of Mother Nature. There are steps you can take before, during and after a storm to help you and your family stay safe.
When it comes to hurricanes, you can't over prepare.
Just ask Iliana Rentz. She is manager of emergency preparedness for Florida Power & Light Company, the largest energy company in the state, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts. FPL has endured several hurricanes, including the record-breaking storm seasons of 2004 and 2005, which affected millions of Floridians.
Since then, FPL has invested more than $2 billion to make its energy grid stronger and smarter to help get the communities it serves back to normal faster following a hurricane.
The company has prepared and strengthened its system by clearing tree limbs and branches from power lines; inspecting poles for strength; upgrading poles from wood to concrete or steel; and inspecting power lines and equipment with infrared technology to detect issues before they become problems for customers.
FPL is prepared for storm season. Are you?
Follow these tips to help you prepare and keep your family safe this storm season:
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