AT&T stands ready for the impact of Hurricane Earl, as it passes North Carolina, with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel that enable a quick response post landfall. To help local consumers and businesses prepare, AT&T is also providing important communications tips for use before, during and after the storm.
AT&T has invested more than $500 million in its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) organization since it was formed. The NDR function includes more than 300 technology and support trailers that AT&T is able to deploy quickly to respond to disaster situations such as severe hurricanes. AT&T invested $145 million in recovery and restoration efforts related to the 2008 hurricanes that included the opening of a third NDR equipment warehouse in the Southeast.
A critical element of AT&T’s efforts to maximize network reliability is its ability to respond swiftly when disaster strikes, made possible by extensive preparations. These include: ongoing readiness drills, topping off fuel at generators positioned at cell sites and switching centers, testing high-capacity back-up batteries, distributing additional extended battery life and portable generators, using natural gas in a portion of permanent generators to eliminate need for refueling, adding capacity to the wireless network as able, and staging of additional emergency response equipment in strategic locations near the anticipated landfall area.
AT&T continues to enhance network redundancy in hurricane-prone areas. These efforts include installation of more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities, location of critical equipment to less vulnerable areas, upgrade of electronics in many locations, replacement of copper wiring with fiber optic cable, elevation of switches critical to network operations above expected flood levels and protection of physical facilities against flooding.
AT&T offers the following recommendations for consumers and small business owners before and after the storm hits:
- Be sure you have a