KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 21, 8:30 am — As Florida prepares for another hurricane season beginning on June 1, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will hold its annual disaster drill today from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. The purpose of the drill is to test emergency equipment, measure response time, and evaluate communication within the utility.
The drill will involve a wide range of activities including a simulated power plant fuel spill, simulation of power line and substation damage, repair of utility vehicles in the field, back-up of all internal computer records, answering customer outage “calls” and logging them into a database system, production of sandbags at both power plants, and the testing of all emergency generators. During the drill, KUA managers will also throw out unexpected scenarios to test the readiness of utility employees.
“These drills prepare our employees to respond to any emergency,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “We believe our fast and effective recovery from the February 1998 tornado is directly attributable to our annual disaster training.”
As part of the drill, electric service to KUA’s customer service center will be interrupted for 10-minute intervals to test emergency lighting and building evacuation procedures.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted 13 named storms in 2002, eight of which would be hurricanes with four major or intense storms.
KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties. KUA celebrated its 100th year of serving the community in 2001.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116