Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Prepares for Hurricane Matthew, Activates Storm Plan
October 4, 2016 – In anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Matthew later this week, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) has activated its emergency operations plan and urges its customers to get prepared.
Depending on its path, Hurricane Matthew is capable of causing widespread power outages and catastrophic property damages. In addition, restoration may be hampered by flooding, downed trees or other obstacles. FPUA crews are prepared to work long hours after the storm passes, restoring service to customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
Take action now! Create a hurricane survival kit that includes first aid supplies, a battery powered radio, tarps, batteries, and flashlights. Make sure to have a few days’ supply of any needed prescription medicine, baby food and diapers, pet food, canned food and drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day). Have extra cash on hand and make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car and proper fuel on hand for a gas grill and/or generator. Visit FPUA.com for more hurricane preparedness tips.
To determine a hurricane evacuation route and shelter locations, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.
If you are a customer that is medically dependent on electricity for oxygen or other equipment, please make sure you have a backup generator in place or additional power backup. Utilities typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. Have an evacuation plan and know special needs shelter locations. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment needs, notify the electric utility prior to the storm’s arrival.
Customers who experience a power outages are asked to call 772-466-1600. After the severe weather passes, FPUA crews will begin restoring power as quickly as possible. Crews will begin restoring power by repairing power plants, transmission lines, substations and main distribution lines. Once the main power lines are repaired, crews turn their attention to individual customer outages.
If you use a portable generator: DON’T run a generator in the house, DON’T run a generator in the garage, and DON’T plug a generator directly into a house’s main electrical system. The first two could lead to suffocation and the third could send an electrical charge back to the power grid, which would create an electrocution hazard for utility workers. DO set up generators outside in a well-ventilated area, and DO plug individual appliances directly into the generator.
Following the storm, outage information can be obtained at www.noaa.gov
About FPUA: Fort Pierce Utilities is a municipal utility whose mission is “to provide our customers with economical, reliable and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.” Fort Pierce is one of more than 2,000 communities in the United States served by a community-owned electric utility, and one of very few who also provide water, wastewater, natural gas, and Internet services. Public utility systems are owned by the people they serve. All benefits from our locally controlled utility remain right here in the community. Additional information is available at www.fpua.com.
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