MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is prepared in the event that Hurricane Irma impacts its customers along the Gulf or East Coasts. CenturyLink has an internal disaster preparedness plan that puts staging and recovery practices in motion in case of weather-related issues.
Our preparations include:
- Readying emergency crews
- Fueling portable generators
- Establishing storm checklists
- Communicating with governmental agencies and first responders
- Initiating a real-time command center for CenturyLink employees to stay in communication throughout the storm’s impact
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), knowing the right actions to take can help reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. CenturyLink has plans in place for restoring services, should they be impacted, as quickly as possible. The company’s priority will be ensuring the reliability and resiliency of its services as soon as it is safe to do so.
CenturyLink encourages customers to be prepared for Hurricane Irma by keeping at least one corded telephone in the home that does not need electrical power. All cordless telephones need a power source and will not work during power outages. Corded phones are powered through the phone lines so they are often the most reliable source of communication in an emergency. Customers can obtain telephones that do not need commercial power at some CenturyLink retail locations or other major retailers. Many experts also say a detailed communication plan plays one of the biggest roles in helping families stay connected to each other during a natural disaster, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.
Emergency officials also recommend these steps:
- Compile a “Ready-to-Go Kit” in case your family needs to leave your home and a “Ready-to-Stay Kit” in case your family needs to stay inside your home for an extended period of time. Kits should contain water, canned or non-perishable food items, can opener, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, change of clothes, first aid supplies, cash and important prescription medications. Don’t forget glasses and/or contact lens supplies if needed.
- Keep vital documents in a fire and waterproof case so you can take them with you if you have to evacuate.
- Designate a safe meeting place outside your home and out of harm’s way.
- Designate a safe place to stay in your home in case of severe weather.
- Teach your children how to use the phone to call for help.
- Don’t forget to plan for family pets in case you have to leave home or are shut in for an extended period of time.
- Review these plans periodically and update and refresh supplies accordingly.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.