Verizon Wireless Response and Recovery Efforts
Throughout the year, Verizon Wireless prepares comprehensive disaster recovery plans to test emergency generators and back-up batteries to keep the network online in the event of a power outage.
In the Gulf Coast area alone, more than 85 percent of the individual transmission sites operated by Verizon Wireless have their own on-site generators. This capability is critical if roads are impassable in the wake of a storm.
The company also has a mobile fleet of Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs), which are mobile cell sites that can be rolled into hard hit locations or areas that need extra network capacity. The company's fleet of portable generators are kept fueled and placed on standby in areas prone to sudden natural disasters, and fuel supplies are secured in advance of storms to assist in keeping generators running.
In addition, Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in areas across the Gulf Coast have been re-opened and are providing residents free local and long-distance calls, battery charging and technical support to anyone in need of these services due to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
The Following Contacts Are For Media Inquiries Only:
In Gulf Coast:Patrick Kimball 281.686.1937 (mobile) Patrick.Kimball@VerizonWireless.com
In Atlanta: Sheryl Sellaway 678.339.5564 (office)404.695.5564 (mobile)Sheryl.Sellaway@VerizonWireless.com