Preparing for a Storm

A Guide for Your Family and Home

We’re prepared for storm season and urge our customers to prepare as well. Keep your family safe with a plan that includes evacuation routes, special medical needs, important phone numbers and supplies. Here’s a guide to help you and your family get started.
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Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Develop an Emergency Plan

  • Include answers to questions like:
    • What do I need to do to secure my home, car and boat, and who will help me?
    • Where am I going to stay during the hurricane and what are the evacuation routes?
    • Where will my pets stay?
    • If I plan to stay at home, what do I need to do to be prepared and where in my home will I ride out the storm? Emergency operations officials urge residents to prepare to be self-sufficient for up to 14 days – without running water or electricity. 
  • Review your emergency plan with your family.
  • Photograph or videotape your home – inside and outside – for insurance purposes.

Address Special Needs

If you or anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation, contact your local emergency management office. Find the phone number at If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review your family emergency plan for back-up power or make arrangements to relocate when a storm warning is issued.

Properly Trim Trees

Before storm season begins, have your trees properly trimmed to minimize their impact on your home and neighborhood. Only specially trained line-clearing professionals can trim trees and vegetation around power lines. If you are not sure whether a tree is too close to a power line to trim it yourself, contact FPL. Make sure debris is cleared prior to a hurricane warning announcement when trash pickup is suspended.

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Communication Considerations

Update the phone number and email address on your FPL account.


Consider getting a non-cordless, non-mobile telephone for your home in case the power goes out and/or mobile service is not available.

Done with this chapter? Test your knowledge!

When you photograph or videotape the inside and outside of your home, you'll have documentation of all your belongings prior to a storm.

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The correct answer is the inside and outside of your home. When you photograph or videotape your belongings, you'll have proper documentation to provide to your insurance company should you incur any damage during a storm.

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