When Disaster Strikes, Verizon Wireless Responds

Disaster response teams fan out across the South to areas hit by tornadoes, wildfires.

By on May 16, 2014

When disaster strikes, the need for communication is critical. First responders share critical information with local, state and federal emergency teams, while families quickly connect with friends and loved ones. That’s why Verizon Wireless immediately deploys its disaster response teams to areas devastated by a natural disaster.  

With emergency devices, charging stations and WiFi support – as well as its 3G and 4G LTE networks – Verizon Wireless is able to help keep first responders and victims of disasters connected and charged. This enables victims to connect with family and friends, locate much-needed relief services, and receive access to vital information as they begin the recovery process.

After the recent EF-4 tornado, with wind speeds between 166-200 miles per hour, clawed a path of destruction for 41 miles across central Arkansas, Verizon Wireless immediately deployed disaster response teams. Those teams set up multiple charging stations in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, Ark., to support affected victims and local and state responders with wireless communications. Additional wireless and connectivity support was provided to the Vilonia Fire and Police Departments and City Hall.  

The next day, that same line of storms crossed the Mississippi River to the east and hit Tupelo and Louisville, Miss. Again, Verizon Wireless sent teams to provide needed wireless communications support. Everyone – regardless of their wireless carrier – was invited to charge their devices, access free WiFi and use Verizon Wireless devices to stay in touch with family and friends. 

A week later, a series of wildfires threatened homes, businesses and the community in Guthrie, Okla. Two Verizon disaster response teams set up a first-responder staging area with free charging stations and free WiFi. A router was temporarily installed to provide connectivity to the Oklahoma Red Cross.

Verizon Wireless believes in Powerful Answers and we are committed to supporting our local communities. Some people bring chainsaws after a disaster; others bring tractors. We help keep people connected. 

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