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Get ready for storm season with FPL’s Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

At Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), safety is the cornerstone of our commitment to customers and employees. It is not a matter of if, but when the next hurricane will hit our state, which is why it’s important to be proactive in planning for the six-month-long hurricane season. FPL urges Floridians to be prepared this storm season and to be aware of potential safety hazards at all times. Below is a checklist for what to do before, during and after a storm. For more tips, visit

Create an emergency plan with your family

  • Determine if your home or business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review evacuation routes.
  • Determine your backup power source or make arrangements to relocate if a storm warning is issued.
  • The Division of Emergency Management recommends keeping gas tanks at least half full during hurricane season. For electric vehicles (EV), make sure to maintain a 50%-80% charge at all times.
  • Contact your local emergency management office if you or anyone you know has special needs, in case of evacuations. Apply for our Medically Essential Service if someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment.

Build an emergency kit

  • Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit.
  • Don’t forget phone chargers, power banks and important documents in a waterproof container – 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.

Prepare your home

  • Install an approved hurricane shutter system over windows and doors or have alternate coverings such as plywood.
  • Store outside objects inside, fasten doors and windows, cover valuables and furniture with plastic and move away from windows.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, including pool equipment.
  • Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
  • DO NOT attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near any overhead power lines. Only hire qualified professionals to trim trees and other vegetation near power lines. Visit for more information on our tree trimming policies.
  • Look up and note the location of power lines before you begin working on a ladder. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you – and the ends of the tools you’re using – don’t come within 10 feet of power lines.

Stay safe and informed

  • If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to set it up outside – not in your home or garage – and connect appliances directly to it. Do not wire your generator directly to your breaker or fuse box, because the power you generate may flow back into power lines and cause injuries.
  • Bookmark and save 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to your cell phone to report and check the status of your restoration.
  • Stay far away from and do not touch any downed power lines or flooded and debris-laden areas that may be hiding downed power lines.
  • Follow local news and @insideFPL for updates on storm conditions and heed warnings.
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