AT&T to Donate $50,000 to Aid South Carolina Communities Affected by Hurricane Florence

COLUMBIA, SC, Oct. 8, 2018 — AT&T* is contributing $50,000 to the One SC Fund, to help meet the urgent needs of Hurricane Florence victims.

"We know that the recovery from Hurricane Florence is going to be a long process, but it's going to take all of Team South Carolina coming together and committing to help our neighbors that have been affected by the storm," said Gov. Henry McMaster. "Every donation made to the One SC Fund, large or small, will go directly towards helping a South Carolina family get back into their home, and we couldn't be more grateful for AT&T setting an example and showing their dedication to the people of our state."

“In an emergency or disaster, staying connected and working together are vital,” said Jane Sosebee, president AT&T South Carolina. “That’s why we are building and operating FirstNet, the first nationwide network designed exclusively for first responders. And it is why we are also committed to doing our part to help rebuilding and restoration begin for those whose lives have been turned upside down by the storm.”

Long before Hurricane Florence reached the coast, we implemented our storm preparedness protocols, which included topping off fuel generators, testing high-capacity back-up batteries at cell sites and protecting physical facilities against flooding.

We also activated our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, staging and deploying emergency response equipment that included mobile cell sites called Cell on Wheels (COWs) and Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs). These enabled us to respond quickly to support our customers, and help first responders stay connected and to restore service in affected communities.

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.