FPL And National Guard Partner Up

May 5, 2014

FPL president Eric Silangy shows Brigadier General James Eifert the drill preparations that FPL has been working on this week.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Florida Power & Light on Friday announced what it says is the first ever partnership with the National Guard.

The FPL Command Center was on high alert as employees prepared to face a fictitious Category 3 Hurricane. This is just one part of the company’s new hurricane preparedness strategy that involves a partnership with the Florida National Guard.

“Beginning with this storm season, a Florida National Guard officer will be spending approximately six months each year working side by side with FPL’s director of emergency preparedness here in South Florida,” said FPL president Eric Silagy.

The two agencies are taking lessons from each other on how to avoid storm-related power issues.

“This is an important opportunity for both of us. We need to better understand the vulnerabilities of our power grid, our water supply and our resources and security apparatus,” said Brigadier General James Eifert of the Florida National Guard.

The National Guard partnership will help FPL clear roads damaged by storms so that FPL can get to those who’ve lost power.