News Release

Verizon Wireless Is Ready As Tropical Depression Ida Threatens South Alabama And Georgia

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November 9, 2009

Caran Smith
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com
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WHAT:
As heavy rain associated with Ida slowly moves across the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic states over the next two days, rainfall amounts of two to six inches are likely, causing flash flood warnings in Georgia and Alabama. But Verizon Wireless network crews and emergency response teams are in place to make sure that wireless communications are not interrupted. Verizon Wireless operates intensive investments and preparations year round that prove critical in the aftermath of even the most devastating storms.

Highlights of the Verizon Wireless preparation for Ida include:

  • Verizon Wireless network technicians are ready to travel around both states in special vehicles equipped with phones, wireless data devices and computers to ensure strong coverage and quality of calls.
  • Increased network monitoring of key performance indicators in affected areas and staff standing-by on alert and ready to add capacity in real-time via software and hardware changes should they be required.
  • A fleet of of Cells on Wheels (COWs) and Generators on Trailers (GOaTs) are on stand-by that can be rolled into hard-hit locations.
  • Pre-arranged fuel delivery to mobile units and generators is able to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended period of time.

WHEN:
As of 9am CST on November 10 the center of Tropical Depression Ida was located about 30 miles east-southeast of Mobile, Alabama and is heading east.

QUOTE
"We're not going to let our guard down, because wireless communication is so important during severe weather," says Jeff Mango, President of Verizon Wireless-Georgia/Alabama region. "Verizon Wireless' network is built for reliability in emergencies and has a history of staying strong while many other wireless communication networks struggle. We prepare our network all year long to ensure that our network is ready when natural disasters hit and that Georgians and Alabamians can use their phones when and where they need it."

About Verizon Wireless
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