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FPL PRIMED FOR HURRICANE SEASON

 FPL PRIMED FOR HURRICANE SEASON
 MIAMI, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With hurricane season just two weeks


away, Florida Power & Light Company is primed to respond efficiently if a hurricane strikes.
 Storm team employees throughout FPL's service territory completed their preparation with a systemwide storm "dry run" May 13. The teams processed mock storm damage reports, simulated repair crew assignments and communicated appropriate service restoration information to FPL's General Office storm headquarters in Miami.
 The utility each spring trains approximately 3,000 FPL office workers to provide support to FPL's 900 regular power line crews. These storm-trained office workers are taught to recognize numerous kinds of equipment damage in the field and report it to repair crews. Most of these employees normally perform functions such as engineering, clerical, accounting or purchasing.
 "Our storm troopers are like the National Guard or Reserves. They're part-time soldiers. If they are needed, they'll be ready to help in efforts to restore service to our customers as quickly as possible," explained Bob Marshall, vice president for power distribution.
 Immediately after hurricane force winds diminish, these employees begin to survey assigned areas to locate and report problems. This frees repair crews to work on electric service facilities.
 "The idea is to go out and find problems instead of waiting for problems to be reported. That way, FPL repair crews can be sent to areas where electric service can be restored in the shortest period of time," Marshall said.
 FPL also maintains a reserve inventory of more than $2.8 million of materials, equipment and tools that might be needed to repair storm damage. Commonly used supplies are pre-packaged in sets, ready for shipment to areas hardest hit by storms.
 In the event a hurricane approaches, power plants and equipment are secured against wind and water damage. Plant employees work around the clock to ensure continuous operation.
 FPL's four nuclear units usually are placed in "hot shutdown" if a hurricane threatens; plant systems continue to operate at minimal power although no electricity is generated. This allows the units to return to full-power operations quickly after the storm.
 "Hurricane preparations are particularly important in light of the fact that FPL's service territory hasn't been affected by a hurricane since 1979," Marshall said.
 The last hurricane, David, hit portions of the state with winds of up to 120 miles per hour. After the storm, more than 310,000 FPL customers were without power. Most had service restored within 24 hours. In areas of heaviest damage, some customers had to wait up to five days.
 However, without the aid of storm-trained office personnel, the inconvenience could have been several days longer, Marshall said.
 "If a storm's damage is so extensive that FPL crews aren't able to handle it on their own, the utility has a contingency plan to request additional crews from other utilities in the Southeast, including Florida, Georgia and Alabama," Marshall explained. FPL sent repair crews to North and South Carolina in 1989 to help restore electrical service after the devastation of hurricane Hugo.
 "One of these days, our service area is going to be hit by a hurricane similar to Hugo. We owe it to our customers to be ready," he said.
 In the event a hurricane does strike this season, Marshall cautions FPL customers to:
 -- Make preparations well in advance. Complete hurricane
 instructions and tracking charts are available at all FPL
 business offices, and from local Red Cross and county emergency
 management or civil defense offices in your area.
 -- Stay away from wires that are down or dangling. A seemingly
 harmless wire may still be energized. Report such conditions
 to your local police or FPL as soon as possible.
 -- Avoid using the telephone to report that your power is off
 unless service has been restored to others in your
 neighborhood. This helps keep telephone lines clear for
 police and other emergency services.
 -0- 5/15/92
 /NOTE TO EDITOR: For information on local storm exercise activities and preparedness, contact the FPL representative in your area.
 South Florida: Corporate
 Communications 305-552-3894
 Broward: Jack Gomm 305-321-2201
 Palm Beach (East Area): Gary Forney 407-684-7153
 Martin/St. Lucie (East Area): Bob Lloyd 407-221-2450
 Brevard (Central Area): Bill Ellis 407-639-5701
 Volusia/Nassau (North Area): Bob Coleman 904-257-7250
 Sarasota/Bradenton (West Area): Rod Macon 813-379-7210
 Naples/Fort Myers (West Area): Grover Whidden 813-332-9210
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company Corporate Communications Dept., 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/ CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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