Hurricane Season Beginning June 1

May 31, 2012

OUC Urges Early Preparation for Hurricane Season Beginning June 1

ORLANDO – Summer fun is right around the corner, but with it comes the potential for another stormy hurricane season. OUC—The Reliable One prepares year-round so we’re always ready to respond and we want the community we serve to stay safe and start preparing now, too.

Follow these tips to protect your family and home before the first storm strikes:

  • Be sure your correct phone number is on file with OUC, so you can stay informed about estimated service restoration schedules via calls from our automated phone system

  • Organize a family plan, including meeting places, phone numbers and responsibilities

  • Locate nearby shelter locations in case of evacuation

  • Trim back dead or weak branches from trees in your yard, but do not trim near power lines; this is dangerous and should only be done by professionals

  • Stock up on various supplies, such as emergency food and water for several days, a first aid kit, necessary medicine, a battery-operated radio and flashlight

  • Protect windows with hurricane shutters or plywood

  • Store patio furniture, toys, plants and other outdoor items

  • Following a power outage, unplug large appliances to protect them from a power surge and fire hazards

  • Never run a generator inside your home or garage and never plug it directly into your home’s electrical system; individual appliances should be directly plugged into the generator

For comprehensive guidelines and hurricane season updates, visit

To check for outages in your area, visit OUC’s online outage map at

OUC—The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 225,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.