Published: May 02, 2014 10:42 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced a partnership with the National Guard Friday, a first of its kind collaboration in the country to help be better prepared for hurricane season.

FPL has been conducting a week long storm preparedness drill to help them stay ahead of a hurricane or severe weather.

Richard Misner, with Florida Power & Light, says this week is all about being ready.

"It can be chaos showing up on day one of the restoration period, you don't have time to waste, you need to fall right into your roll start executing your plan and restore power to your customers, because that's really what it's all about," said Misner.

More than 3,500 FPL employees have been simulating "Hurricane Echo," a category 3 storm all week long.

Since 2006, FPL has spent $1.4 billion in hurricane hardening efforts including upgrading 31 feeder stations just in Lee County and upgrading electrical infrastructure around critical structures, such as 911 centers and hospitals.

The 2014 season also marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne making landfall in Florida