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VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK BUILT TO ENDURE SEVERE WEATHER, KEEP CUSTOMERS CONNECTED
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 13, 2012) – In the event of severe weather this weekend, the Verizon Wireless network, Oklahoma’s largest 4G LTE network, is built to withstand what Mother Nature can unleash.
“Our commitment to our customers and their communities is that our network will fully operational – on a daily basis and certainly in an emergency situation,” said Leo Perreault, executive director of network for the South Central Region of Verizon Wireless. “We don’t offer a ‘fair weather’ network and consistently improve our back-up systems to ensure Oklahomans can make those critical calls when they need us most.”
The Storm Prediction Center says that a dangerous tornado outbreak is likely for Oklahoma on Saturday, as intense storms move across the southern Plains. With storms expected to hit Saturday afternoon and evening, Oklahomans need to start preparing now.
“We are making sure that we have the capacity to handle the large volume of calls expected this weekend,” said Perreault. “We have a good supply of generators and COWs (Cell on Wheels) ready to deploy if they are needed to restore communication to affected areas,” he said.
Verizon Wireless advises Oklahomans to make sure their smartphones and tablets are fully charged to help them stay informed about the weather situation, especially if there’s a need to take emergency shelter.
The following suggestions are designed to help families prepare for a severe storm. Just remember S.T.O.R.M.:
Shelter – Know where to find safe shelter.
Time – Enable yourself to know in advance if severe weather is expected in your area.
Others – Communication is key when trying to protect your family and loved ones.
Resources – You’ll need everything from immediate supplies to good insurance.
Medical – Know how to help those around you in case of emergency.
Knowing where to go when a severe storm hits might be the single most important piece of information your family needs. If you have little to no warning of the storm, find a place within your home that is strong and away from an exterior wall. Having the extra support from an interior room could help when severe weather hits. If you know there is a high probability of severe weather, check with your city about community shelters, normally found at local schools or churches.
Be sure to store, secure and protect items you leave behind in case of evacuation. Most storage areas manage well in extreme weather. Before you’re in a rush to evacuate, it’s a smart idea to inventory and document all of your valuables. Take pictures or video footage of items in your home, especially valuables. You might need this for insurance purposes, especially in a worst-case scenario where there is nothing left and/or possessions are 100% damaged as a direct result of a storm.
In emergencies, time is a valuable asset. The two best ways to gain extra time in weather emergencies are to prepare now, and to get as early a warning as possible that severe weather is heading your way.
Use your Smartphone or tablet to keep up with weather reports in order to know when you should prepare for severe weather. With the use of a Smartphone or tablet you won’t have to worry about getting updates if the power goes out, but make sure to have an extra charged battery for your phone.
Your Smartphone or tablet can serve multiple purposes, such as a radio for listening to local emergency instructions, or you can use the phone’s 4G capabilities to keep in touch with family through calls and Email.
Communication is vital in preparing for severe weather and keeping in touch with loved ones after a storm hits. Call loved ones before and after severe storms hit to make sure everyone is safe. By keeping your cell phone charged, you won’t have to worry about landlines going down.
In a disaster, having the necessary resources is crucial to your family’s survival. Be sure to keep these items stored in your home in case of a severe storm:
- Wireless phone, tablet and/or laptop
- Wireless phone batteries, Cigarette Lighter Adaptors (CLAs) and other accessories
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled Water
- Jump Cables
Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverage before a severe storm hits. Insurance companies will NOT issue or amend policies when a storm threatens your area. It would be wise to review your insurance now (auto, homeowner, hail, flood, etc.) and schedule a time with your agent/company to review those plans.
Document all your possessions by taking photos and videos, list everything you own, and keep important receipts in your safe deposit box.
Accidents do happen and people can get hurt. Be sure to be prepared, just in case.
- First aid kits are a must for any family. Having a main first aid kit in a known location is important, but also be sure to have smaller kits in each family car.
- Keep copies of your family’s medical information at home. In case of an emergency, the medical staff will need to know a general medical history of each of your family members.
- Keep current in first aid training. Basic first aid and CPR can be essential in case of an emergency during a severe storm.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.