News Release

B-Roll Available to Media: Verizon Wireless Continues Network Restoration, Store Clean-Up and Community Outreach Efforts in the Gulf Coast

September 18, 2005


BEDMINSTER, NJ — WHO: Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider

WHAT: B-Roll illustrating Verizon Wireless' hurricane relief and recovery efforts across the Gulf Coast including:

  • Network technicians surveying affected cell sites during an aerial tour in a Blackhawk helicopter
  • Comments from Verizon Wireless Emergency Response Team members on the Blackhawk mission and the network information obtained
  • Verizon Wireless Disaster Recovery Team surveying the network from the company's switch in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Verizon Wireless Communications Stores
    • Interior and exterior views of the temporary RV Mobile Store set up in Slidell, LA
    • Comments from Joe Bush, District Manager, Gulf Coast region on the temporary RV Mobile Store
    • Interior and exterior views of clean-up of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to a store in Gulfport, MS
  • Verizon Wireless' Disaster Recovery Team helping evacuees at The River Center in Baton Rouge, LA, contact their families
  • Verizon Wireless employees describing how text messaging helped those in shelters to locate their loved ones
  • Verizon Wireless employees discussing the round-the-clock technical and network support available to customers and the feedback they have received

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

WHEN: Available now

BACKGROUND: Verizon Wireless continues to work around-the-clock on its network and at stores to provide support to residents in the affected areas in the Gulf Coast. As the recovery efforts continue, Verizon Wireless has restored service to more than 95 percent of the areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Northshore areas of Lake Pontchartrain that were affected by the hurricane.

CONTACT:

Sheryl Sellaway
Verizon Wireless
678.339.5564 (office) / 404.695.5564 (mobile)
Sheryl.Sellaway@VerizonWireless.com  

In Gulf Coast:
Patrick Kimball
Verizon Wireless
281.686.1937 (mobile)
patrick.kimball@verizonwireless.com  

All Other Calls:
Brian Wood
Verizon Wireless
908.306.7901 (office)
Brian.Wood@VerizonWireless.com  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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.

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