Just 14 months after Hurricane Irene threatened the Northeast coast of the US, a bigger tropical storm is roaring its way towards the seaboard prompting evacuations in major cities like Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and New York City. Mass public transportation systems are also being shut down as Hurricane Sandy threatens major infrastructure damage, storm surges, and coastal flooding.
Many telecom companies are readying the arrival of the storm dubbed “Frankenstorm” which is expected to cause extensive damage even outside the storm’s centre. The threats to their networks could cost the companies millions without adequate preparation. Already, resource and personnel are being sent to critical parts of the network to help respond to any emergencies.
Strong winds, rain, and even possible snowfall may threaten telephone lines and even wireless networks across the Eastern seaboard. Telecom operators said generators are already being fueled, and emergency systems are being tested to help manage and maintain network traffic during the storm.
T-Mobile USA, have set up regional Command Centres to respond to any crisis situation Hurricane Sandy will cause. AT&T, on the other hand, has readied disaster response equipment, and its personnel are working closely with regional emergency operations centers to help maintain service and provide temporary repairs on telecom networks. Sprint Nextel is also working with various organizations and agencies requiring communications assistance.
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