News Release

Wireless Service Vital During Hurricane Floyd

Bell Atlantic Mobile Prepares For Hurricane, Provides Customers Emergency Tips

September 15, 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 available.

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 from www.bam.com)
  • 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 "Send" key

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