FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — WHAT:
As part of its commitment to customer service and to providing the most reliable wireless service at all times, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $300,000 in a pair of Disaster Response Units (DRU) to serve as a temporary customer service locations in areas impacted by hurricanes and during other crises.
Each 35-foot long, 300-square-foot vehicle which were custom-built for Verizon Wireless features four computer terminals, an air-conditioned canopy area, phone and accessory demonstration areas, and can be set up to serve areas of need in as little as three hours.
With power outages and other communication networks often affected during and after storms, these new DRUs will allow residents in hard-hit areas to be able to reach family, friends, insurance companies and other important contacts for free over the Verizon Wireless digital network.
In addition, Verizon Wireless technicians will staff the DRUs to help residents whose wireless phones regardless of service provider have been damaged, lost or drained of power during the storm. Each DRU also will be stocked with batteries and/or chargers, new phones and other accessories residents may need.
In preparation for the 2007 hurricane season, one of the company's Disaster Response Units will be in Florida for the first time at the 21st Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference:
May 16-17, 20079:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
The Disaster Response Units and other new technologies, facilities and network-strengthening efforts are part of an ongoing investment exceeding $1.5 billion in Florida over the past seven years. Nationally, in that same time period, Verizon Wireless has spent more than $37 to enhance its digital wireless network.
News media may contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803, Ed Gilhuly at 305-807- 6906 or Marilyn Marrero at 786-385-0774.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####