Northern California wildfires: Update from Pacific Market President Jonathan LeCompte

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The following statement is from Jonathan LeCompte, president – Pacific Market:

Since yesterday, Verizon’s network team has restored more than 98 percent of network coverage to the areas in the path of the wildfires that broke out on Sunday night across Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

For some impacted sites, Verizon has utilized temporary microwave technology to provide connectivity to the network. The team continues to refuel generators at cell sites to keep them running until commercial power can be restored.

Verizon continues to support first responders and government officials with recovery efforts, as well as those in the community who need assistance.

  • Verizon has deployed a cell on wheels (COW) to provide coverage to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds evacuation shelter in Santa Rosa.
  • A Disaster Response Trailer (DRT) is deployed at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Napa, with internet access, laptop computers, phones and a wireless charging station for public use
  • Additional wireless connectivity to support emergency personnel has been added to the Sonoma County emergency operations center (EOC), Sonoma County Sheriff’s office, Napa County Sherriff’s office, the Cal Fire base camp in Napa and the City of Santa Rosa EOC.

To support the relief effort, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.