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Disaster response program, certified by Homeland Security, designed to keep customers connected
CHARLESTON, S.C., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, as the first private company certified by the Department of Homeland Security for private-company voluntary disaster preparedness, is committed to maintaining and restoring the AT&T Global network when natural disasters strike.
Those efforts were aided yesterday, as Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation ensuring that persons dispatched from other states to help repair critical infrastructure in the wake of a declared disaster or emergency are not subject to SC income taxes. S.1033 passed nearly unanimously by both chambers of the General Assembly and removed a barrier to the most efficient deployment of resources to impacted areas.
"As South Carolina has learned through many hurricanes and other natural disasters, restoring infrastructure is a vital first step to rebuilding lives and communities," said state Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley). "I am proud to have co-sponsored legislation that enables businesses to focus on quickly responding to the needs of the state and its citizens during an emergency. The crews that come from other states are often volunteers, and they don't deserve to be double-taxed for being willing to go the extra mile to help us rebuild."
Despite predictions, we never know when the next tropical storm or hurricane will impact the coastline. With $600 million invested in the NDR program, AT&T's arsenal of equipment includes more than 320 technology and equipment trailers that can be quickly deployed, making it one of the nation's largest and most advanced disaster programs.
"Staying connected during severe weather events is critically important to consumers, businesses and our emergency management officials," said Pamela Lackey, president, AT&T South Carolina. "That's why AT&T invests a tremendous amount of resources in our network reliability and disaster response capabilities."
The Network Disaster Recovery team works closely with other AT&T response teams, local AT&T network personnel, regional Emergency Operations Centers and Local Response Centers to fortify network facilities and equipment, and stage technicians and resources near the storm impact area. In the event of damage, teams are poised to restore and maintain service until permanent repairs can be made.
AT&T also conducts readiness drills and simulations throughout the year to ensure our networks are prepared and our personnel are ready to respond at a moment's notice. Since its inception in 1991, the NDR has responded to more than 20 catastrophes across the U.S.
Response equipment readied in the wake of an event includes:
As we prepare, so can you.
Consumers and businesses also should have a plan in place. When preparing for an evacuation or shelter-in-place, remember these tips:
Keeping the lines open for emergencies
During evacuations, the storm event and its aftermath, network resources will be taxed. To help ensure that emergency personnel have open lines, keep these tips in mind:
Small Business Tips:
Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found at www.att.com/vitalconnections.
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