C Spire offers consumers and businesses important reminders and tips on how to use their communication devices in tropical cyclones like Hurricane Sally
RIDGELAND, Miss., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With Hurricane Sally gradually weakening in the Gulf of Mexico but moving closer to the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast, C Spire is offering consumers and business in storm-prone areas some important emergency reminders and tips on using essential communications before, during and after any tropical cyclone.
Company officials deployed a CoLT (cell on light truck) to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Highway 67 over the weekend to support state and local emergency response efforts, topped off generators with fuel at cell sites and switching facilities, tested high-capacity back up batteries at cell sites and sandbagged several sites to protect them from flooding.
Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall near the Mississippi-Alabama border early Wednesday as a slow-moving but powerful Category 1 tropical cyclone packing winds up to 100 mph, storm surge of up to 7 feet and rainfall that could top 24 inches in some hard-hit areas.
"With millions of people living in hurricane-prone coastal areas, we can't afford to let our guard down," said C Spire CTO Carla Lewis. "It's not too late for individuals, families and businesses to prepare their emergency plans, create emergency supply kits, heed local evacuation orders and familiarize themselves with evacuation routes."
In conjunction with state and federal hurricane season preparedness efforts, C Spire is offering consumers and businesses the following tips and advice to keep them updated on essential communications:
Consumer Tips - Before the Storm
Business Tips – Before, During and After the Storm
"The bottom line is preparation," Lewis said. "While weather professionals continue to improve the accuracy of their hurricane forecasts, individuals, businesses and communities need to work together to develop and implement comprehensive plans to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from severe weather events."
The company is coordinating its emergency response efforts with local, state and federal agencies and organizations, including the emergency response agencies in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
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