FPL employees begin company-wide drill to respond to Virtual Hurricane Sheryl

FPL employees begin company-wide drill to respond to Virtual Hurricane Sheryl

This year's annual dry run is part of year-round preparation and will have
added focus on post-storm restoration efforts

PR Newswire

JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 29, 2013

JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With both the devastation
from Super Storm Sandy still fresh in people's minds and hurricane season fast
approaching, Florida Power & Light Company today began its annual, weeklong
hurricane drill in Palm Beach County. Employees began responding to Virtual
Hurricane Sheryl – a Category 3 Storm – to test FPL's hurricane readiness,
restoration and recovery.

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Thousands of employees from across FPL are participating in the annual
emergency response and restoration drill, which continues through Friday, May
3. The company-wide drill is centered at FPL's Physical Distribution Center
and Category 5 Command Center located in Riviera Beach, Fla., and taking place
at FPL service centers and other facilities throughout the state.

"Sandy was a clear reminder of our duty to keep looking for ways to make our
infrastructure stronger and to keep getting better at restoring power after a
major storm hits," said FPL President Eric Silagy. "Even though we haven't had
a direct hit from a hurricane in nearly eight years, we have had to respond to
a number of storms. That's why we test our storm plan so vigorously and are
preparing for a storm every day there is not one."

Virtual Hurricane Sheryl
As part of this year's drill, employees are responding to Sheryl, a virtual
Category 3 hurricane expected to make landfall near Cape Coral, Fla. The
"virtual" storm will make landfall on Wednesday, May 1, and cross the state
before exiting near Port St. Lucie that night. Starting May 2, the drill's
focus will shift to post-storm restoration. The last two days of the drill
will simulate post-storm restoration activities. The added emphasis on
post-storm activities is a result of what utilities faced in the aftermath of
Sandy and will include how we work with out-of-state crews and flooding.

During the simulation, employees will track outages, assess damage,
communicate with customers and employees and initiate service restoration.
They will also test the company's storm plans and tactics, and apply lessons
learned from previous hurricanes and other extreme weather events.
Additionally, to make this simulation as real as possible, FPL will generate
damage estimates for the fictional scenario based on scientific computer
models the company has built from decades of storm data.

"Having a well-thought hurricane plan is important for all of us who live in
Florida," Silagy said. "We want our customers to be prepared for hurricane
season and be thinking now about any adjustments they would have to make if
they experience extended power outages after a storm."

Year-Round and Pre-Season Preparations  
FPL prepares throughout the year for hurricane season, conducting extensive
training for employees. In fact, thousands of FPL employees have storm
assignments in addition to their regular positions. As part of its storm
preparation plan, FPL also coordinates assistance agreements with other
utilities for out-of-state support, orders restoration supplies and equipment
and secures staging sites throughout Florida. These preparations enable the
company to quickly deploy crews and equipment to storm-damaged communities.

Since 2006, FPL has invested more than $1 billion to strengthen the electric
infrastructure serving facilities that are critical to communities. FPL works
closely with emergency operations officials to update the lists of these
facilities, which include hospitals, police and fire stations, 911
communication facilities, water treatment plants, County Emergency Operations
Centers and transportation providers.

As a Storm Approaches
In advance of a storm making landfall, FPL activates its emergency response
plan to prepare for potential damage to the electric infrastructure, which can
be caused by high winds, lightning, flooding, storm surge, blowing debris or
falling trees. These conditions can affect both overhead and underground power
lines, and customers should be aware that restoring power after a damaging
storm can be lengthy.

Restoration Process
FPL's community-focused restoration process concentrates on restoring power to
the most critical functions first, such as hospitals, police and fire
stations, and 911 centers, and then to the most people in the shortest time
possible for maximum benefit to the community.

After a Storm
If a storm strikes, FPL will provide updated restoration time estimates and
other progress reports on its website: (www.FPL.com/storm),  Twitter
(www.twitter.com/insideFPL), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FPLconnect), YouTube
(www.youtube.com/FPL), FPL's blog (www.FPLblog.com) and FPL's Power Tracker
(www.FPL.com/powertracker).

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2012, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the
lowest in Florida, and based on data available in July 2012, are about 26
percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the
lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs
among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

Website: http://www.FPL.com
Contact: Florida Power & Light Co., Media Line: 305-552-3888
 
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