MONROE, La. –CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is ready and committed to protecting its communications services as Hurricane Sandy prepares to make landfall on the east coast. The company is carefully monitoring its facilities and network and has crews ready should service be impacted.
CenturyLink has taken the necessary steps to respond to the storm and be ready with recovery efforts. These steps include:
The company also encourages customers to activate an emergency communications plan to help their family stay connected during the storm. 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 encourages customers to be prepared 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. Customers can obtain telephones that do not need commercial power at CenturyLink retail locations or other major retailers.
Many experts also say a detailed communications plan plays one of the biggest roles in helping families stay connected to each other and emergency contacts during a natural disaster, such as hurricanes and floods.
Once a communications plan is created, these additional steps are recommended:
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.