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AT&T says get ready for hurricane season

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AT&T is ready for hurricane season and you should be too.

AT&T and their Network Disaster Recovery program, the first private company certified by the Department of Homeland Security for volunteer disaster preparedness, is prepared to restore and maintain the AT&T Global network if a hurricane or natural disaster should hit.

With over $600 million invested in the NDR program, AT&T will be watching the weather and is capable of deploying more that 320 tech and equipment trailers should they be needed.

“Staying connected during severe weather events is critically important to consumers, businesses and our emergency management officials,” said Beth Shiroishi, President of AT&T Georgia. “That’s why AT&T invests a tremendous amount of resources in our network reliability and disaster response capabilities.”

AT&T is known for their response teams. The teams are trained to work together to restore and maintain the service.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has recently signed House Bill 782: Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disasters Act.

The legislation in the form of tax relief to workers who go across state lines to repair infrastructure if a disaster are is declared or an emergency is called by the Governor or President.

This will help the workers and speed up the process of getting workers into action.

"I am honored to have co-sponsored legislation that allows businesses the ability to focus on quickly responding to the needs of the state and its citizens during an emergency,” adds Representative Bill Hitchens. “It is important that we have robust communications networks throughout Georgia to enable a fast and effective response to all types of disasters."

Rest assured, AT&T conducts drills throughout the year in the event that there is a problem with the network.

Per AT&T response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:
⦁ Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers
⦁ Emergency communications vehicles
⦁ A self-sufficient base camp, complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and meals ready to eat (MREs)
⦁ Hazmat equipment and supplies
⦁ Technology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating ventilation and air conditioning
⦁ Internal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

AT&T also offers some tips for consumers when the weather takes a turn for the worst:

- Keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times

- Keep your wireless phone dry. An Otterbox phone case could do the trick.

- Have a family communication plan in place. Make sure the whole family is on the same page.

- Forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of an evacuation.

- Track the storm and access weather information on your wireless device. With a working wireless device that provides access to the Internet, you will be able to see weather reports on services like AT&T U-verse Live TV or on local radar with severe weather alerts through My-Cast® Weather. A subscription may be required.

- Use location-based mapping technology. A service like AT&T Navigator or AT&T FamilyMap will point you in the direction of evacuation routes to avoid traffic.You can also track a family member through locating their wireless device. This could be a lifesaver.

As a tech writer, I recommend getting a portable charger like a Zagg Sparq for you to keep, fully charged in a safe place. A Sparq carries up to four charges and that could keep you connected via your AT&T devices should you lose power for an extended period of time.

Most of all, be prepared. When hurricanes start brewing in the oceans or Gulf of Mexico, get all your ducks in a row and make sure every member of your household in on the same page when it comes to technology.

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