(AT&T) - AT&T is ready for this weekend's severe weather with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby.
We are closely monitoring and preparing for Tropical Storm Barry. The storm is expected to impact Louisiana and parts of the Texas coastline over the next few days. Our preparations include:
• Topping off fuel generators.
• Testing high-capacity backup batteries at cell sites.
• Protecting physical facilities against flooding.
• Staging other emergency response and network recovery equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.
• Staging dedicated FirstNet deployable network assets for use by public safety agencies on FirstNet to request as needed.
We continually work to improve network redundancy in storm-prone areas. We have installed more generators at critical cell towers and switching facilities and moved electronics essential to network operations above expected flood levels. In addition to a number of fixed generators located throughout the state, we have nearly 700 portable generators in the Southeast region that can be deployed to support our facilities if needed.
“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms," said Sonia Perez, president, Southeast states, AT&T. “That's why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year. And we do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. We continue to work to position equipment and crews and are ready to respond if needed. And we’re closely linked with Louisiana public officials in their storm response efforts.”
The AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. Our fleet includes hundreds of technology recovery and support trailers that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.
Response equipment readied in the wake of this event may include:
• Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
• Amphibious all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
• Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)
• Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
• A self-sufficient base camp: This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, an on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs).
• Hazmat equipment and supplies
• Technology recovery and support trailers to provide infrastructure support
Just as we prepare, we encourage customers to do the same. Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found at https://about.att.com/pages/disaster_relief.
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