AT&T commits to disaster response during Hurricane Dorian

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AT&T Southeast has been readying sites and is poised for mobile deployment.

With the looming threat of Hurricane Dorian touching Florida’s coastline, AT&T Southeast is prepared for disaster response.

The latest projections by The National Hurricane Center show the most dangerous part of Dorian, the center, going up the east coast of Florida, barely missing the state. However, that doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing. 

Florida is still in the crosshairs of Dorian’s cone. Floridians should expect strong winds and rain from the Category 5 hurricane, which can cause flooding and damage to Florida’s infrastructure, but AT&T is ready to get a jump on their fair share.

In advance of the hurricane, AT&T has been preparing their generators with gasoline, testing high capacity backup batteries at cell sites and improving its facilities for flood resistance. 

The goal? To ensure their network infrastructure remains as stable as possible to continue delivering on service during the storm.

Local and regional AT&T response teams are also prepared to deploy mobile support assets if needed.

AT&T says they understand the threat hurricanes pose to citizens of Florida and have worked to improve their disaster recovery response to the state. In a news release, the company states:

“In the last few years, we have worked to enhance our network redundancy in Florida. We have improved the resiliency of our network by moving fiber underground and increasing the number of fixed generators and installing additional backup infrastructure at cell sites and facilities.”

As for what Florida residents can expect from AT&T during Dorian, AT&T Southeast President, Joe York, says:

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms. That’s why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year and do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes. 

“At this point, we are actively working to position equipment and crews, and are ready to respond to support our customers if needed.”

Melissa S. Razdrih

Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at [email protected].


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