The 2024 hurricane season is here, and we’re ready. Are you?

By: Jim Beaugez on May 31, 2024 4:42:05 PM


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its 2024 hurricane forecast, and it’s predicted to be a blockbuster year with an 85 percent chance of producing an above-average number of storms.

Fortunately, C Spire stays prepared for hurricanes and other disruptive events by strengthening and protecting the wireless and fiber network with backups and redundancies, so first responders and customers can communicate throughout and after a storm.

“We take lessons learned from past years and tabletop exercises,” said Alan Jones, chief network officer at C Spire. “In many cases, we push our uptime as a key component of the network experience, with backup generator deployments at over 90 percent of our access and wireless sites — top in class in the wireless industry.”

C Spire team members work year-round to harden our extensive wireless and fiber networks and prepare for a wide range of potential disasters and major weather events. These routine reviews and updates to our emergency preparedness and crisis communications plans test the readiness of our network and team members.

“Through routine maintenance and testing of our backup power sources, as well as ensuring our fiber transport network redundancy is in place, we ensure a resilient network,” Jones said.

The wireless network team also keeps mobile cellular systems ready to move — known internally as the COW (Cell On Wheels), COLT (Cell On Light Truck), and a just-added third iteration, the LAMB (Low-Altitude Micro Base station), which complements the lineup by handling small, localized needs. These supplemental systems have been used in places like Amory, Miss., where a tornado knocked down a cell tower in 2023, as well as for special events like Mardi Gras and college football games.

While C Spire is prepared and ready for emergency situations, here are some steps you can take to be prepared, too.

Before an emergency event:

  • Carry a spare cellphone charger and external charging device. Keep devices and chargers in a waterproof bag. Charge your batteries when a disaster or storm is approaching.
  • Confirm that you have not opted out of receiving important Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) on your device (instructions for iOS and Android here).
  • Download emergency apps including FEMA and MDOT (iOS, Android), and bookmark the National Weather Service’s mobile-friendly site to help keep you updated as the situation unfolds.
  • If you don’t have a flashlight app built into your mobile phone, download one.
  • Save phone numbers and email addresses for police, fire, hospital, school, vet and other emergency resources in your phone. If you are a parent, find out how your children’s school or school district will notify you during a weather or other emergency.
  • Know how to forward your home phone number to your mobile device.
  • Take photos and/or videos of your property periodically to have available for insurance purposes. Back up your files to a secure storage space to ensure images and videos are saved separately from your device.

During an emergency or disaster:

  • Use voice calls only for important communication and keep them short. Instead, use text messaging, email or social media to let your loved ones know your status. Keep messages short and simple.
  • Conserve your cellphone’s battery life:
    • Whenever possible, turn on your phone’s power-saving mode.
    • Reduce your screen’s brightness, and adjust your settings to ensure your phone’s screen goes into sleep mode faster.
    • Close unused apps and turn off push notifications so nothing is running in the background.
    • Turn off Bluetooth, WiFi, and location-based services when you don’t need them.
    • Set your email to arrive manually rather than having it automatically sent to your device.
  • Check your local wireless store to see if they are open and providing charging station services during emergencies.
  • For 9-1-1 emergencies, call if you can or text if you can’t. Stay on the line until the operator tells you it’s safe to end the call. When possible, have detailed location information ready.

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