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Posted by Wayne Hutchens on October 09, 2018.

We’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Michael. If Hurricane Michael strikes, we’re ready with one of the largest Natural Disaster Recovery fleets in the industry.

In Alabama, we know first-hand the power and unpredictability of hurricanes. So, as we all keep a close eye on the forecasts, I encourage you to make sure that you and your family are prepared and have a plan to stay safe in the event Michael comes here. To that end, I have included some Hurricane Preparation tips below. Please continue to follow your preparedness plan until the threat of Hurricane Michael passes and it is once again safe in our communities.

AT&T has started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Michael’s anticipated track, which is expected to impact Alabama midweek. Preparation includes:

ArrowTopping off fuel generators.

ArrowTesting high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.

ArrowProtecting physical facilities against flooding with sandbags.

ArrowStaging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

Our AT&T National Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. The NDR fleet includes hundreds of technology recovery and support trailers nationwide that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.

Response equipment readied in the wake of an event may include:

ArrowMobile cell sites and mobile command centers, like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs).

ArrowEmergency communications vehicles (ECVs).

ArrowFlying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs).


ArrowA self-sufficient base camp. This is complete with sleeping tents, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, on-site nurse and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).

ArrowHazmat equipment and supplies.

ArrowTechnology and support trailers to provide infrastructure support and mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

ArrowInternal and external resources for initial assessment and recovery efforts.

AT&T is prepared, and with your personal plan in place, I am confident we will rise to meet the challenge of Michael and work together to address post-Michael issues and restore our communities.

Please stay safe and thank you for what you do every day to keep Alabama prepared to meet and beat challenges like Michael.


Wayne Hutchens
President — AT&T Alabama

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