Hurricane season officially starts today, but Florida Power and Light, the largest electric utility in the state, had a simulated category 3 hurricane "Marina" couple of weeks ago to show off some of its new tracking and restoration technologies.
The Palm Beach Post reports:
"Prior to fake Marina making landfall in Lantana, employees began "watching it like a hawk" determining how strong it was and what its winds were. Based on information about past Category 3 storms, data was entered into computer systems to determine the potential damage.
During the simulation, employees played such roles as tracking outages, assessing damage, communicating with customers and employees, and initiating service restoration.
Others worked on the logistics that might be needed for as many as 13,000 restoration workers, many from out of town, who will need hotel rooms, water, ice, meals and re-fueling 7,000 to 8,000 trucks each night, said Keith White, senior director of logistics.
FPL's plan includes restoring hospitals, police and fire stations, 911 facilities and others, then on to restoring large blocks of customers including grocery stores and gas stations"