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.