Wireless Service Vital During Hurricane Floyd
Bell Atlantic Mobile Prepares For Hurricane, Provides
Customers Emergency Tips
September 16, 1999
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
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
- 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