Florida Relay Communications
Beaches Energy Services offers special services to customers with certain physical needs.
Our hearing- and speech-impaired customers may contact us through the Florida Relay Center. The voice line is 800-955-8770; the TTY (text telephone) is 800-955-8771.
Medical Support Notification Program
Customers with serious health problems that require the use of specialized electric equipment should know about our Medical Support Notification Program. Equipment examples are apnea monitors, nebulizers, and oxygen machines. With a doctor’s verification, we will place your name and address on our Medical Support List. If a scheduled service outage is expected to last an extended period of time, we will contact you so that you can make an informed decision whether to leave your home. Through our Medical Support Notification Program, we identify customers with special needs, and do everything possible to restore their electric service quickly. To receive more information about this program, call (904) 247-6281 or email us.
Medical Resources during Emergency Situations
If you are disabled or have special needs for evacuation assistance and have no one to help you, register now with Duval County Emergency Preparedness by calling 904-630-2472 and in St. Johns County call 904-824-5550. Consult your doctor regarding special medical evacuation needs. Learn more
Hurricane Watch - When a hurricane may threaten coastal and inland areas within the next 48 hours.
What you should do during a Hurricane Watch
- Monitor the radio and TV. Listen for weather reports and emergency announcements.
- Review your evacuation plan.
- Fuel the car/truck. Be sure you have a full tank of gasoline.
- Make preparations to moor, anchor, or store your boat.
- Check your disaster kit. Put items together in one place for easy access.
- Refresh disaster kit supplies such as batteries, water, and food. Stock up on nonperishable food items and sanitation supplies.
- Gather valuables. Place valuables and important papers in waterproof containers.
- Check that you have adequate baby supplies, prescriptions, special medicines or foods, etc., on hand.
- Check cash on hand. Get extra money in case electronic banking is unavailable.
- Secure outdoor items. Store inside or secure all lawn furniture, garbage cans, toys, etc., which could become deadly missiles in high winds.
- Locate the main turnoffs for electricity, water, and gas.
- Install hurricane shutters or plywood on windows and doors.
- Make arrangements for your pets/animals to be taken care of.
Hurricane Warning - When a hurricane is expected to strike within 36 hours. The warning will include an assessment of flood danger and recommended emergency procedures.
What you should do during a Hurricane Warning
- Follow official instructions. Listen for weather reports and emergency announcements on TV and radio.
- If you do not have a car, arrange ahead of time for transportation should you have to evacuate.
- Secure the house.
- Turn refrigerators/freezers to coldest settings.
- Bring in outside furniture, lower TV antenna, clear property of all loose objects
- Turn off electricity to pool, and add extra chlorine.
- Cover windows and other openings with plywood or hurricane shutters.
- Load car. Put disaster kit, records, valuables, important papers into your vehicle.
- Be prepared to evacuate. Gather your family.
- Before you evacuate: turn off electricity, gas and water service to your house.
- If ordered to evacuate, obey immediately. Take your hurricane evacuation kit.
- Let friends and neighbors know where you are going.
What to include in your Portable Disaster Kit
- Food - nonperishable
- Water - one gallon of drinking water a day for each person, for a minimum of 4 days
- Eating and cooking utensils (such as can opener, knife)
- Toilet articles and sanitary supplies
- Medication - prescriptions (two-week supply)
- First aid kit
- Portable radio, TV
- Flashlight, batteries, candles
- Bedding - such as sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
- Portable ice chest
- Lightweight chairs/cots
- Personal items, including books and toys. Important papers, valid I.D.