Verizon Wireless is opening a free Wireless Emergency Communications Center today in Henryville, Indiana in the wake of tornado damage. Both emergency personnel and local residents may make free phone calls, re-charge cell phones (regardless of carrier) and access the Internet using the company’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband service, says the company.
Verizon Wireless has also boosted capacity on its cell sites in and around Henryville due to devastating damage in parts of Southern Indiana.
The company’s Clarksville store – about 19 miles away from the heart of the tornado damage in Henryville – is also participating in a community-wide initiative to collect nonperishable food, blankets, clothing, diapers and baby wipes to send to area residents.
The Sprint Emergency Response Team, said their philanthropic arm is donating $50,000 to American Red Cross disaster-relief efforts in support of the victims of the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. The Sprint Foundation is also matching American Red Cross disaster-relief donations made by Sprint employees and retirees, and members of the Sprint board of directors.
AT&T says in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season and other emergencies, the company is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation from Feb. 29 through March 6 in Hallandale Beach, where Hurricane Katrina first made landfall in August 2005.