THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Verizon is stepping up with $25,000 to assist Southern Californians forced from their homes amid the devastating wildfires that have swept across the region.
"Our prayers and hopes go out to our fellow Californians coping with the impact of these firestorms," said Tim McCallion, Verizon's West region president. "Through this contribution, and by providing additional telecommunication services to those in need, we hope we can make their lives a little easier at a very trying time."
The Verizon Foundation is giving $15,000 to the Los Angeles County chapter of the American Red Cross and $10,000 to the Santa Barbara County chapter.
In addition, Verizon is offering services to help customers stay connected if they have lost their home due to the wildfires. Customers can opt - at no charge - to have their telephone calls automatically forwarded to a working phone number at another location where they are staying, or to a wireless number. Customers will not be billed for the one-time setup fees or monthly charges for call forwarding, although customers will be responsible for any toll charges on forwarded calls and wireless airtime charges.
Verizon's Southern California wireline and wireless networks were largely unaffected by the widespread fires. Verizon technicians are working to repair the limited damage to the wireline network and expect to have any remaining outages resolved shortly.
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