AT&T has an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby as a major winter storm nears. We’re ready to respond quickly.
We’ve activated our storm preparedness process as we closely monitor the severe winter weather expected to impact Virginia over the weekend. Among our preparations, we’re topping off fuel at generators positioned and installed and we’ve tested high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites. We’ve also installed “Quick Connect Generator Plugs” at many of our cell sites and staged additional emergency response equipment in strategic locations. Our national reliability center will be monitoring outages for quick action.
We have continued to enhance our network in storm-prone areas by installing more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites. We’ve been switching facilities, locating critical equipment in less vulnerable areas and upgrading critical electronics.
“We know our customers rely on us, particularly during dangerous winter weather like we are expecting over the weekend," said Vince Apruzzese, AT&T's regional vice president for external affairs in Virginia. “That's why we perform extensive drills and simulations throughout the year. We do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes.”
“We are positioning equipment and crews to respond to the storm. And we’ll be available to public officials in their storm response efforts. With a storm expected to deliver snow – as well as ice - we may experience some outages. But if service goes down, we'll do all we can to get it back up as fast as possible,” said Apruzzese.
Just as we prepare our networks and personnel, we encourage residents and small businesses to get more information and tips for disaster preparedness at www.att.com/vitalconnections.
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