Preparing for the Unexpected: AT&T Disaster Recovery Exercise Simulates Network Disaster in Washington, D.C. Region

AT&T Business Continuity Study Reveals Local Businesses Investing in Recovery Solutions, Including New Technologies like Cloud

Washington, District of Columbia, October 17, 2011

From damaging earthquakes to powerful hurricanes, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has been recently reminded that unexpected threats of disaster can arise at any time. The results of a 2011 study from AT&T* indicate that a vast majority (89%) of local companies already have a business continuity plan in place, helping them protect operations and maintain communications when unforeseen natural or manmade disasters happen to strike.

Recognizing the importance of crisis preparation, AT&T is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation – a Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercise – in National Harbor, Maryland, October 13-19. Held several times a year, these exercises simulate the loss of a network office due to disaster and are designed to test, refine and strengthen AT&T’s business continuity and disaster recovery services in order to minimize network downtime.

“Now more than ever, communities need to be prepared for manmade and natural disasters, and have in place effective plans to respond,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.   “Exercises like this help ensure AT&T is as prepared as possible in the event of disaster, and we’re hopeful that businesses and organizations in the D.C. metro area continue to recognize the critical importance of ongoing investment in crisis preparation.”

Business Continuity Study Key Findings

AT&T’s 2011 Business Continuity Study found that businesses in the D.C. area are preparing for potential disasters and investing in additional technology, especially when compared to businesses in other regions within the United States:

  • Two-thirds (66%) indicate their companies implement specific protective actions when the federal or state government issues an alert for an impending disaster.
  • A majority (61%) already uses or is considering using cloud services to augment their business continuity/disaster recovery strategy.
  • Most (79%) executives indicate that they have special arrangements for communicating with key executives in the event of a natural disaster.

For more information on the 2011 AT&T Business Continuity Study, including complete research results visit

AT&T NDR Program

This week’s NDR exercise in National Harbor includes an extensive deployment of network recovery equipment. The exercise tests and refines the team’s speed and efficiency in restoring wired and wireline network operations in the event of an actual disaster. Essential to AT&T’s own comprehensive business continuity plan, the National Harbor NDR exercise features 25 disaster recovery trailers and vehicles, including technology trailers, emergency communications vehicles and a variety of smaller utility and support trailers, as well as a search-and-rescue dog team demonstration. This exercise marks AT&T’s sixth exercise in the greater Washington, D.C., area; the last D.C. exercise was held in July 2009.

AT&T has invested more than $600 million in its NDR program, which includes specially trained managers, engineers and technicians, as well as a fleet of more than 320 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.

More information on AT&T’s NDR program is available at AT&T Network Disaster Recovery.