VIDEO: FPL Conducts Annual Storm Drill In Coordination With State’s Hurricane Exercise

By  //  May 7, 2017

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Drill involved 3,000 plus employees, two storms

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently tested the response of more than 3,000 employees with two hurricanes impacting its service area during the company’s annual storm drill, which for the first time, coincided with a statewide hurricane exercise involving nearly all other state energy companies and emergency operations centers. 

“Mother Nature’s strength and unpredictability was on full display last year, testing us and many Floridians,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.

“Our employees were prepared and ready to respond because of the constant training, including activities such as this week’s storm drill.”

“I am encouraged by the nearly $3 billion we have invested in our energy grid, which benefitted our customers by helping prevent nearly 150,000 service interruptions during Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Were it not for these improvements, these storms would have resulted in a much longer and more costly restoration.”

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The weeklong event was a critical component of FPL’s extensive year-round training to ensure employees are ready to respond when their customers need them the most.

As part of the exercise, the company worked with other energy companies and local jurisdictions that participated in HurrEx, the state’s annual hurricane exercise.