Verizon Keeps Western Washington Flood Evacuees Connected With Free Call-Forwarding

EVERETT, Wash. -- Verizon customers displaced by floods in King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties can add call forwarding to their accounts 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 Senior Vice President David S. Valdez.

Verizon customers who 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 floods and want to set up call forwarding should call Verizon at 1-800-483-1000.  Business customers should call 1-800-483-2000.

As of Monday afternoon, Verizon's network in the area was currently unaffected by the flooding.

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