Georgia's Severe Weather Awareness Week Spotlights Need For Communication Plans

  Georgia's Severe Weather Awareness Week Spotlights Need For Communication

Verizon Wireless Issues Tips to Stay Connected to Family and Friends During
Weather Events

PR Newswire

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Feb. 4, 2013

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Governor Deal has declared
February 4 – 8, 2013 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Last week's
severe storms reminded Georgians what can happen when weather strikes.
Georgians should be preparing an emergency communication plan to keep their
families safe and in touch during any severe weather event.

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, offers these tips
when severe weather threatens:

  oKeep phones, batteries, chargers and other equipment in a dry, accessible
    location. Consider waterproof accessories or simple zip-lock storage bags
    to protect devices.
  oKeep wireless phone batteries fully charged – in case local power is lost
    – well before warnings are issued.
  oHave additional charged batteries and car-charger adapters available for
    back-up power.
  oMaintain a list of emergency numbers – police and fire agencies; power and
    insurance companies; family, friends and co-workers; etc. – and program
    them into your phone.
  oDistribute wireless phone numbers to family members and friends.
  oDownload from a wide variety of weather- and safety-related applications
    for smartphones, tablets and other devices. Many of these apps are free.
  oUse a service such as Backup Assistant, the free Verizon Wireless
    application that stores a phone's address book on a secure server in case
    the phone is lost or damaged.

Verizon Wireless also suggests the following actions once a storm is
on the way:

  oLimit non-emergency calls to conserve battery power and free-up wireless
    networks for emergency agencies and operations. Send brief text messages
    rather than voice calls for the same reason.
  oForward your home phone calls to your wireless number if you evacuate.
  oCheck weather and news reports on wireless phone applications when power
    is out.

"Every year we see severe weather issues in Georgia from hurricanes, violent
thunderstorms, wildfires and tornadoes," says Jonathan LeCompte, president of
Verizon Wireless' Georgia/Alabama Region. "We know that preparation, and the
earlier the better, is important in staying safe and keeping the lines of
communication open."

Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation's fastest 4G network and largest
and most reliable 3G network, has made numerous network enhancements over the
past year, including the expansion of its most advanced 4G LTE (Long-Term
Evolution) network. The company's ongoing network investment in Georgia now
totals over $2 billion since the company was formed in 2000.

As a result, in the aftermath of even the most devastating weather the Verizon
Wireless network in Georgia has remained strong while many other wireless
communication networks struggled to serve emergency response officials and
residents. Verizon Wireless' storm preparation includes:

  oWireless Emergency Communication Centers (WECCs) to serve residents and
    rescue agencies in the area(s) in the greatest need. The company deployed
    a WECC in Gordon County last week in the wake of the tornado.
  oA fleet of Cells on Wheels (COWS) and Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS), and
    generators on trailers (GOaTS) that can be rolled into hard-hit locations.
  oInstallation of advanced in-building systems to boost wireless coverage
    and services at hospitals, government and emergency facilities,
    high-traffic public venues and other locations throughout Georgia.
  oA Communications Store on wheels ready to roll. The 35-foot trailer
    allows Verizon Wireless to maintain retail operations in areas when
    company stores are not able to open.

For more information on the Verizon Wireless network, products and services,

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest,
most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers,
including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a
joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,
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SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Contact: Kate Jay, Verizon Wireless, +1-678-339-4828,, @VZWKate
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