Hurricane Dorian is a major Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour and moving west at 1 mile per hour. This winds from this slow moving storm is capable of causing widespread power outages and property damages. FPUA is committed to restoring power to our customers quickly. Mutual aid crews have arrived and are staged to begin assisting FPUA crews with power restoration as soon as safely possible after the storm passes through our area.
As we continue to experience intermittent effects from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian, FPUA urges customers to remain vigilant and focus on safety before, during and after the storm. FPUA offers the following information and safety tips.
Hurricane Survival Kits should contain a three day supply of the following basic items:
- Water: at least one gallon per person per day
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Battery powered radio with extra batteries
- Canned Foods and a manually operated can opener
- Baby Food and Diapers
- Pet Food/Supplies
- Tarps, Rope, Bleach, Trash Bags, Wooden Kitchen Matches
- Charcoal or Gas Grill, Portable Cooler
- Charge all electronic devices and use sparingly if you experience a power outage.
- Be sure to have a corded phone, cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
- Following a power outage, unplug larger appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored, which can often damage equipment and create fire hazards.
For customers using a generator during a power outage, please follow these safety tips:
- Operate portable generators in an open and ventilated area, never in the home or garage.
- Do not directly connect generators into your home’s main electrical system. This could create a back feed to the power grid and injure people working to restore the power.
- Always place the generator at least 15-20 feet from the house and away from doors and windows.
- Use battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your home and garage so you can detect any dangerous amounts of emissions when running a generator.
- Don’t run a portable generator in the rain unless it is covered and you are able to vent it.
- Make sure hands and feet are dry before touching or starting the generator. Avoid standing near wet areas or puddles when operating your generator.
- Before refueling, turn off a gas-powered generator and let it cool. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts can ignite. Allowing the engine to cool also reduces the risks of burns while refueling.
- Turn off your generator before turning your house power back on.
General Safety Tips:
- If you experience flooding in your home, turn off your electrical power until a licensed electrician can inspect the system thoroughly.
- Only use a grill, gas or charcoal, outside in a well ventilated area. NEVER use a grill inside your home.
- If you lose water service or experience a drop in pressure, boil all tap water used for drinking or cooking for the next 48 hours (or use bottled water).
Report broken water or sewer lines to FPUA at 772-466-1600.
Immediately report damage to electric lines or poles to FPUA at 772-466-1600 and remember the following safety information:
- NEVER touch a downed power line or go near one. ALWAYS assume the power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
- DO NOT touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line or other equipment, they could be energized, too.
- If a power line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle and call for help.
- DO NOT pull tree limbs off power lines. Leave those for utility crews to safely handle.
- AVOID areas with debris and downed trees. There could be live power lines hidden inside.
- AVOID chain link fences and puddles that could have become electrified by downed power lines.
- DO NOT attempt to make electrical repairs yourself, hire a qualified electrician.
- NEVER use an electrical device that has gotten wet. If it’s still plugged in, turn off the power at the main breaker before unplugging. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it.
- Inspect your home’s weatherhead for damage after a storm. The weatherhead is located above the electric meter where the electrical wires exit the conduit. The weatherhead is the homeowner’s responsibility, and utility workers cannot reconnect service if it is damaged. If your weatherhead is damaged, contact a licensed electrician to repair the weatherhead.
Sign up to the emergency alert systems to stay updated on the latest information. Visit www.stlucieco.gov/alert to register for the St. Lucie County’s Emergency Alert Program.
Visit https://cityoffortpierce.com/AlertCenter.aspx?CID+Hurricane-Dorian-11 for the City of Fort Pierce AM and PM notices. Visit https://www.stlucieco.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=5549 for a list of shelters and emergency evacuation routes.
The Public Information Helpline at 772-460-HELP (4357) will be open today from 8 am to 8 pm. Please reserve 911 for emergency calls only.
As Hurricane Dorian moves closer to Florida and weather conditions continue to deteriorate, all FPUA offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3rd. Please continue to monitor the storm and be safe. FPUA will send out additional updates and communications through the media and these same updates will be posted on this website (www.fpua.com) and FPUA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/teamFPUA). Please visit the website www.fpua.com and click on Storm Center for storm preparation information and helpful links.