Emergency teams prepare for likely storm damage
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (October 26, 2012) - FairPoint Communications, a leading telecommunications provider in the Northeast, is readying supplies and personnel to respond to Hurricane Sandy's arrival in the region.
FairPoint's network is backed up by batteries and generators to help ensure uninterrupted telephone service. FairPoint's emergency planning team also is positioning crews and supplies - poles, cable and other equipment - for rapid deployment should they be needed.
"Communications are vital before, during and after a storm," said Karen Mead, senior vice president of operations for FairPoint. "We're ready for what Sandy may bring."
Hurricane Sandy could make landfall in the Northeast late Monday or Tuesday. Latest reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that Hurricane Sandy will make a "direct impact" on parts of New England, bringing heavy winds and a possible mixture of snow and rain.
"People should plan for power interruptions and use their plug-in corded phone to stay connected with friends and family or call for help if the need arises," Mead said. Cordless phones will not work if the electric power goes out, absent battery back-up.
During severe storms and massive power outages, FairPoint voice mail customers have been able to store and retrieve calls while answering machines that rely on electrically generated power may not work absent battery back-up, Mead added.
About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).