While FPL was busy preparing for hurricane season, Georgia Power was thanking its Linemen. See more of what our clients are up to in the below two articles:
FPL Prepares for 2019 Hurricane Season
As hurricane season approaches, FPL has been busy with its annual hurricane drill. More than 3,000 employees tested their response to an exercise known as Hurricane Haley which first makes landfall in Miami-Dade County. The simulated storm then exits through the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall in the Pensacola area.
“In Florida, it is not a matter of if, but when a hurricane will impact a portion of our state, as we saw with last year’s devastating Hurricane Michael”, said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL. “While we may not know exactly when and where a hurricane will strike, we know that we must always be prepared to restore power to Floridians or others who need us. Every year, our drill is a commitment to push ourselves and improve upon our procedures when responding to a natural disaster.”
FPL staff held the drill at its Command Center in Riviera Beach next to the Distribution Control Center, a Category 5-rated building that allows FPL to respond to natural disasters while monitoring state-of-the-art equipment to reduce outages when they occur. Twelve hardened service centers were built over the past year allowing FPL to stage equipment for over 1,000 personnel in order to respond immediately following a storm.
Last year, FPL crews, known for their response expertise, helped restore power in Puerto Rico following the devastating Hurricane Maria; aided in the rebuild of parts of North Florida and Georgia from Hurricane Michael; and even assisted in the aftermath of Camp Fire in Northern California.
Throughout the year, FPL provides information to customers to assist in preparing for hurricane season and communicates with them after a severe weather event. View their checklist and other information available at fpl.com/storm
Thank a Lineman
April was “Thank a Lineman” month and Georgia Power paid tribute by lighting up their building with an image of a Lineman. While daily work done by Linemen is always recognized, their efforts are especially noticeable during outages following severe weather.
Linemen have been around as long as electricity has been a standard part of modern living. In keeping the lights on, Linemen are often called to do their jobs in the most dangerous conditions in the worst weather because, after all, we rarely lose power on a calm, sunny day. As if those conditions weren’t enough, they dangle high above the ground, working with wires that carry thousands of volts of electricity pushing thousands of Amps every day.
Even though April was considered “Thank a Lineman” month, we can continue thank them year-round with the hashtag #thankalineman to spread awareness about this incredibly dangerous but important job.