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September 10, 2018

AT&T Networks Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team

AT&T* is ready for Hurricane Florence in Virginia with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby.

AT&T started its storm preparedness process as we closely monitor Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to impact the Eastern coast later this week. Our preparation includes: 

  • Topping off fuel generators.
  • Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.
  • Protecting physical facilities against flooding.
  • Staging other emergency response equipment in strategic locations for quick deployment following the storm.

AT&T also improved the network redundancy in storm-prone areas. We have installed more generators at critical cell towers and switching facilities and moved electronics essential to network operations above expected flood levels. 

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms," said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia. "That's why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year. And we do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. We’ve worked for the past few days to position equipment and crews, and are ready to respond if needed. We’re in touch with Virginia public officials in their storm response efforts.”

The 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 that can be quickly deployed to support customers and first responders.

Response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:

  • Mobile cell sites and mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs)
  • Emergency communications vehicles (ECVs)
  • Flying Cell on Wings (Flying COWs)
  • Drones
  • A self-sufficient base camp. This is 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

Just as we prepare, we encourage customers to do the same. Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found here.  

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August 17, 2018

Governor Northam Highlights Workforce Agenda, Job Opportunities during Visit to AT&T Facility in Lebanon

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
During a tour across Southwest Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam visited AT&T’s Lebanon call center to discuss his economic development agenda and learn more about AT&T’s operations in...
August 17, 2018

AT&T Invests More Than $550 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Networks in Virginia

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
At AT&T[i], we invested more than $550 million in our Virginia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for...
June 15, 2018

Commonwealth of Virginia Approves Statewide Use of AT&T ESInet™ to Transform 911 Communications

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
The Commonwealth of Virginia 911 Services Board has approved the AT&T* ESInet solution as the recommended platform to provide NextGen 911 communications statewide. The IP-based call routing...
June 07, 2018

AT&T’s 2018 It Can Wait Tour to Roll Through Virginia

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
Virtual reality experience will stop in Fairfax, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Roanoke, show dangers of smartphone distractions while drivingResearch shows that nearly 9-in-10...
April 26, 2018

AT&T Employees in Virginia Honored for Their Commitment to the Community

Posted by AT&T Virginia Team
More Than 4,300 AT&T Employees Nationwide Receive President’s Volunteer Service AwardIt’s National Volunteer Month. And AT&T is celebrating 54 employees in Virginia being honored...