Today, Gulf Power is sending crews and other resources to help Florida Power & Light recover from the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian, which is a dangerous Category 5 hurricane. Even if Florida is not directly hit by Dorian, winds and feeder bands could cause flooding and damage. The Gulf Power team joins resources from other out-of-state energy companies to ensure customers of its sister company FPL get their power back on safely and as quickly as possible.
“In the aftermath of a hurricane, we understand how important it is to get power restored so that communities can begin to recover and people’s lives can return to normal,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “So many came to help Northwest Florida after Hurricane Michael’s devastation last year, including FPL, and it is our honor to now help their customers in their time of need. We stand ready to assist in any way possible.”
As Hurricane Dorian approaches, it does not appear that Gulf Power’s service territory and customers will experience any significant impact. The company is supporting FPL, and other energy companies if needed, as they restore power to their communities. Nearly 100 Gulf Power lineworkers and support personnel are headed south in advance of the storm so that they can get to work as soon as the storm has passed.
In addition, Gulf Power stands ready to assist with other resources, including customer service employees who are trained to help take calls from FPL customers and teams of logistics workers who can help staff FPL’s staging sites. In total, Gulf Power has nearly 225 employees that are actively ready to support the restoration effort for FPL customers. Gulf Power has also released approximately 180 contractors that can assist the FPL team, including debris removal, power restoration and customer service needs. Before making the decision to send help to other energy companies, Gulf Power ensures that our customers are taken care of and that no other storms are on the immediate horizon in Florida, and that we can continue to provide our customers with the reliable electricity they expect from us.
Hurricane Dorian is a reminder that we are in the height of hurricane season. Preparation and safety tips to ensure you and your family are prepared are available at GulfPower.com/Storm