Mashable has a great roundup of preparations by mobile carriers as Hurricane Irene continues to slam the northeastern United States. Obviously, during a natural disaster (like last week’s earthquake in Washington D.C.), hurricane or any other major event, cell phone service is much more likely to be disrupted.
AT&T FamilyMap and AT&T Navigator can be used to provide evacuation routes and track family members’ mobile devices in case of separation. Capacity is added to wireless networks to accommodate increased volume. Backup generators are stored in safe locations for immediate use following the storm.
Portable generators are prepared near network towers and switches. Resources are waiting outside of Washington, D.C. to aid first responders and public safety officials. 25,000 fully charged Sprint and Nextel Direct Connect phones are available for rent during disaster events.
Portable, fueled backup generators are ready to be deployed. Engineers are on-call with repair equipment along the seaboard. Cells-On-Wheels are prepared to provide wireless connections in the worst hit areas.
Central network offices have backup generators to ensure land lines operate when power goes out. Trucks and emergency equipment is being removed from low lying areas. Emergency relief kits are prepared to ease power restoration.