Hurricane Season in Florida begins on June 1. Scroll down and get #StormWise with key resources and information on how you can protect your home and keep your family safe before, during and after a major storm.
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Before the Storm: Plan Ahead
The best way to prepare? Start early! Authorities may issue evacuation or shelter notices 48-72 hours before possible storm impact. Get ready NOW so you'll be confident and prepared when it matters.
- Pack your Hurricane Preparedness Kit now and be ready any time.
- Meet and review an Emergency Plan with your family every May.
- Give special consideration to any pets or livestock in your planning.
- Have a plan to cover windows and secure outdoor items if necessary.
- Know your evacuation zone and local shelter; keep fuel tanks fuel.
- Register your account online and set notification preferences.
- Monitor radio stations, TV and weather alert radio for storm updates.
- Unplug your small appliances to avoid risk of electric surge damage.
Did you know Tampa Electric prepares our delivery system and our people for hurricane season 365 days a year? Our Storm Protection Plan undergrounds targeted overhead lines, trims trees, and hardens equipment like poles and substations to prevent outages. And our teams have emergency response plans and mock drills year-round so we can be ready to provide the best reliability, safety, and fastest restoration possible to our customers when storms hit our area.
During the Storm: Stay Safe
If authorities evacuate your area, assume your safety is at extreme risk. Double check your "Before the Storm" list and leave as soon as possible. If it is recommended and safe for you to stay in your home, be sure to:
- Stay indoors within a sturdy structure (no mobile homes or trailers).
- Choose a room away from any exterior windows.
- Avoid structures on the shores of open water, rivers or creeks.
- Avoid flood waters – they may be energized with electrical current!
- If flood waters may enter your home, shut off power at the main switch.
- Assume all downed / damaged power lines are extremely dangerous.
- Use a NOAA weather alert radio to stay informed.
- Keep refrigerators & freezers closed to preserve food if possible.
Our team monitors storms year round. Once a major storm is in our area, every member of our team takes on a special "storm role" to take action for our customers.
After the Storm: Back On Track
As soon as it is safe to do so, our team works as hard as we can to get as many customer back into power as fast as possible. During this time:
- Stay away from any damaged or downed power lines.
- Avoid flood waters, whether on foot or in a vehicle.
- Avoid any building with flood water around its perimeter.
- Report any electrical outages.
- Visit our Outage Map to check the status of your area's power.
- Stay in touch with family and friends to verify your family's safety.
- Help those who need extra care – infants, elderly and disabled.
When the storm clears, we work tirelessly to restore power – first to essential and life-saving services, then to as many residents as we can, as fast as we can. Click the button below to see how we make sure power is restored efficiently and equitably for our communities.