Wireless Phones Can Play A Big Part In Personal Emergency Communications Plans

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — WHO: Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and data network

WHAT: With the start of hurricane season on Monday, June 1, broadcast-quality B-Roll can assist television news stations in explaining how wireless customers can prepare a personal emergency communications plan and best communicate during an emergency. Available video includes:

  • Planning evacuation routes with VZ Navigator(SM)
  • Keeping phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible location
  • Programming emergency phone numbers in a wireless phone
  • Sending text messages to free up the network for emergency personnel
  • Checking news and weather reports with a wireless phone

WHEN: Available immediately

WHERE: The B-Roll can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia  

BACKGROUND: Verizon Wireless encourages consumers to set up an emergency communications plan now before the June 1 start of the 2009 hurricane season to help them stay connected during a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Verizon Wireless prepares year-round to ensure that customers can stay connected during natural disasters and other emergencies. The company’s ongoing intensive investments and preparations proved critical during and after past years’ extraordinary storms when Verizon Wireless’ network remained strong while many other wireless communication networks struggled. As a result, emergency response officials and residents were able to make calls, send text messages and harness the company’s high-speed wireless data services on the Verizon Wireless network to communicate with emergency officials, support services, businesses, family, friends and co-workers.

MORE INFO: Additional information about Verizon Wireless’ preparations for the 2009 hurricane season, including network information and Verizon Wireless spokesperson information, can be found online in the Verizon Wireless Emergency Information Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news.html.  

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.