AT&T Networks Prepare for Tropical Storm Dorian

AT&T is ready for Tropical Storm Dorian with a fleet of disaster response equipment and personnel if needed.

We are closely monitoring and preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian as it moves towards Puerto Rico. Over the next few days our preparation may include:

  • Topping off fuel generators.
  • Testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites.
  • Protecting physical facilities against flooding.
  • Preparing emergency response and network recovery equipment for possible deployment following the storm.
  • Identifying dedicated FirstNet deployable network assets to be used by public safety agencies on FirstNet to request as needed.

We continually work to improve 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. 

In the last few years, we have worked to improve network redundancy in Puerto Rico. 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. In addition, we’ve increased our recovery equipment on the Island for quick deployment in the event of a disaster.

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms,” said Dan York, president, AT&T Southeast. “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.”

The AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is one of the industry’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs. Our 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 may include:

  • 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, an 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