09.16.1999Corporate

Wireless Service Vital During Hurricane Floyd


Wireless Service Vital During Hurricane Floyd

Bell Atlantic Mobile Prepares For Hurricane, Provides
Customers Emergency Tips


September 16, 1999





Media
contact:

Howard Waterman, 908-306-7832



Bell Atlantic Mobile makes year-round preparations for hurricanes and as
Hurricane Floyd wreaks havoc along the East Coast, company engineers
will be working around the clock to ensure that wireless service is
available.


KEEPING SERVICE UP AND RUNNING:



  • Bell Atlantic Mobile tests diesel generators year-round at
    its cellular antenna sites.
  • These powerful generators sound like jet engines when
    running and can keep the company's network operational
    and service online without conventional power.
  • Throughout the year, Bell Atlantic Mobile goes through a
    disaster recovery plan to test the generators, to make sure
    everything will work properly in the event of a hurricane.
  • During Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Bell Atlantic Mobile had
    people on-call that made sure that wireless service
    remained up and running while the storm pounded away.
    The company will do the same when Floyd hits.
  • Wireless antenna towers are designed to meet federal
    safety regulations, and withstand high winds.

CONSUMER TIPS: Making Sure Your Wireless Phone Works


Bell Atlantic Mobile advises customers to:


  • Make sure to charge wireless phone batteries
  • Have extra batteries on hand and or cigarette lighter
    adapters to charge phones (Extra batteries can be
    purchased at a local Communications Store or ordered
    from www.bam.com)
  • Be familiar with all emergency numbers
  • Distribute your wireless phone number(s) to family
    members and friends
  • When dialing 9-1-1, remember to hit the
    "Send" key