PENSACOLA, Fla. – With the potential for severe weather across the Gulf Coast this week, Gulf Power is preparing to respond. Gulf Power is monitoring the weather system, which is likely to produce heavy rainfall in parts of our service area, so that the company can move personnel and equipment to the areas most likely to be affected.

Gulf Power crews are ready should the tropical system affect the service territory.

“This system is a reminder that we are in hurricane season and we want to reassure our customers that Gulf Power is ready to respond to any storms that may come our way,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “We all understand how important it is to be prepared and urge our customers to take action now to ensure that they are ready for whatever this season brings.”

Gulf Power urges customers to review family and business emergency plans, ensure they have supplies they need on hand and keep a close watch on the development of this system.

How we prepare for storm season 

    • Prior to storm season, we conduct extensive training to prepare our employees to respond safely and as quickly as possible if a storm threatens our service area.
    • We secure assistance from our sister company, FPL, as well as other utilities and electrical contracting companies in the event that additional restoration personnel are needed. We also order backup supplies and equipment, and we plan staging sites throughout our eight-county service area.
    • We have updated lists of facilities that are critical to the community, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.
    • We also prepare and strengthen our infrastructure throughout the year 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 the naked eye can’t see and making any needed repairs.

Please prepare and stay safe

Safety is always Gulf Power’s first priority. We urge customers to make it their top priority, too, and have a plan in place.

    • Heed the warnings and evacuation orders by local, state and federal officials.
    • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review your family emergency plan for backup power or make arrangements to relocate.
    • Before a storm hits, make sure your generator is storm ready and keep it dry.
    • If you plan to use a ladder while preparing your home for the storm, note the location of power lines before you begin. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you – and the ends of the tools you’re using – stay at least 10 feet away from power lines. Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV.
    • Most counties will suspend trash and debris pickup before a storm. Please do not trim trees right before a storm, as high winds can turn cut branches into dangerous, flying debris. However, if you already have trimmed trees, please help to prevent outages by tying down or securing loose branches or other debris.

Additional preparation and safety tips are available at GulfPower.com/Storm.

Stay connected with Gulf Power

    • Customers can download the free Gulf Power mobile app for on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts and the latest information on a specific outage. To quickly download the Gulf Power mobile app, search for “Gulf Power” in iTunes or the Google Play store.
    • Customers also can sign up for outage and restoration updates by using the Preference Center in the My Account area of GulfPower.com. Once you log into your account, you will see a link on the left-hand side of the page for “Alerts and Communications,” where you can choose whether to receive texts, emails or phone calls.
    • Follow Gulf Power on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest storm information. News information can also be found at GulfPowerNews.com.