AT&T Contributes $50,000 and Provides Communications Services to Disaster Relief Efforts in Kansas
Greensburg, Kansas, May 7, 2007
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today a $50,000 contribution to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery efforts following a deadly weekend tornado in Greensburg, Kan., and major flooding in other areas of the state.
The AT&T contribution includes $30,000 for the Cannonball Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist in tornado recovery in Greensburg. An additional $20,000 will be donated to American Red Cross Chapters in areas of Kansas experiencing flooding. AT&T will also provide emergency communications services to assist storm disaster victims as they begin the recovery process.
"We are working with local law enforcement, emergency response and disaster assistance agencies to find out what they need and how we can help," said Dan Jacobsen, president, AT&T Kansas. "We want to make sure that residents have the communications tools necessary to speed up the recovery process."
AT&T has provided local officials in and around Greensburg with wireless phones and additional emergency phone lines to deal with increased capacity needs. For victims of the destruction in Greensburg, AT&T will provide a portable bank of public phones at the county courthouse grounds with free local and long distance calling. The AT&T central office in Greensburg suffered damage to its roof structure in the storm but the AT&T network continues to function.
AT&T has also arranged for Kansas residential customers with storm-damaged homes and those who have been evacuated from their homes to receive free call forwarding or call management services so that they can remain connected while working through the recovery process. Kansas AT&T residential customers can request this free service by calling (800) 464-7928. AT&T business phone customers can also request the service by calling (800) 499-7928.
"The town has many needs at this time as many of our citizens are left with nothing," said Kansas Representative Dennis McKinney of Greensburg, who lost his home in the tornado. "We are very appreciative for the efforts of AT&T."
"The devastation is even worse than what is portrayed in the news media," said Kansas Senator Ruth Teichman, whose district includes Greensburg. "My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy. I know the assistance that has come is overwhelming and very much appreciated."
AT&T is currently experiencing no major network outages in Kansas. The company is monitoring the ongoing recovery efforts in Greensburg as well as storm and flooding issues in other areas of the state.
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