Verizon Keeps Southern California Wildfire Evacuees Connected With Free Call-Forwarding

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Verizon customers displaced by the Emerald fire in the San Bernardino National Forest can add call forwarding to their account at no charge as part of the company's efforts to help those in need cope with the disaster.

"Staying in touch with family and friends is more important than ever during times of crisis, and free call-forwarding will help our customers remain connected during this evacuation," said Verizon West Region President Tim McCallion.

Verizon customers who have lost their home or business in the fire, or have been forced to evacuate, 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 the one-time set up fees or monthly charges for call forwarding, although customers will be responsible for any toll charges on forwarded calls, including any wireless charges.

Residential customers who have been affected by the fires and want to set up call forwarding should call Verizon at 1-800-483-1000. Business customers should call 1-800-483-2000.

Verizon's network in the area of the fire remains largely unaffected as of Wednesday morning. Verizon technicians have already restored service to some areas where it was disrupted Tuesday as a result of fire damage.

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