FMPA Prepared for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19
Wholesale power provider ready to supply reliable electricity if storm impacts the state
ORLANDO, Fla., May 28, 2020 – The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is prepared to provide safe, reliable power to customers if a hurricane impacts the state this storm season.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Forecasters predict this year will be an above-average season. Current predictions estimate 13 to 19 named storms, of which six to 10 could become hurricanes. The forecast includes three to six major hurricanes of a Category 3 or higher.
FMPA is an Orlando-based wholesale power agency that provides electricity to many of Florida’s municipal electric utilities. The utilities own and operate power plants throughout the state, including power generators near Kissimmee, Fort Pierce and Key West.
During the last few weeks, plant staff has been working to prepare FMPA’s power generators. This includes holding hurricane drills, updating processes and procedures, stocking supplies and preparing plants. While working from similar plans as previous years, FMPA has enhanced its storm procedures and recovery plans to include strategies to address challenges created by COVID-19.
“FMPA and its member utilities are responsible for providing reliable electricity to nearly 2.6 million Floridians,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “Public power utilities have a proven record of restoring power quickly, and we are doing all we can to maintain that reputation.”
It’s not too early to prepare. Two named storms already formed before the start of the hurricane season, and the state has experienced tropical weather during the last several weeks.
FMPA encourages Floridians to take advantage of the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday on May 29 through June 4. This is a good opportunity to stock up on storm supplies, like batteries, flashlights, lanterns, a weather radio, tarps, generators and more.
COVID-19 has created unique needs, so people may consider including disinfectants and wipes as well as face masks and gloves in their hurricane supply kit. Stocking up on these supplies will help people remain safe if a hurricane strikes.