AT&T Conducts Technology Recovery Demonstration in Connecticut

Satellite COLT, Hazmat Demo, and State-of-the-Art Trailers part of drill

Hartford, Connecticut, May 14, 2013

Hurricanes, blizzards, flooding, even man-made disasters – Connecticut has seen its share. AT&T* recognizes the importance of reliable communication during a disaster and that’s why its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) organization will conduct a technology recovery demonstration, May 14-23 in Hartford, CT. The drills include establishing emergency communications channels from the site – using equipment such as Emergency Communications Vehicles, satellite COLTs (Cell on Light Trucks), and microwave radio links. Handler/dog teams from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation will also be available to provide agility demonstrations.

Over twenty-five pieces of recovery equipment will be on-hand including, filling most of the Rentshler Stadium’s parking lot:

  • Technology Recovery Trailers
  • Satellite COLT (Cell on Light Truck - a cell tower than can be moved anywhere via truck)
  • Emergency Communications Vehicle
  • Command trailer – a 53-foot trailer with pop-out sides where the incident management team works
  • Tool and Supply Trailer (a small hardware store)
  • Power Trailer and Power Distribution Trailer

WHAT:            AT&T Technology Recovery Drill – preparedness exercise to ensure quick recovery of communications after disaster strikes

WHEN:           May 17 - 20, 2013

                        Friday – Noon to 4PM | Saturday-Sunday – 9AM – 4PM | Monday – 9AM – 4PM

WHERE:         Rentschler Stadium
615 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT   06118

VISUALS:       Tours of AT&T NDR Recovery Site and State-of-the-Art Technology
                        Recovery Equipment

                        Search Dog Agility Drill

                        Hazmat Demonstration

In its two decades of service, the team has been deployed more than 70 times – including

recent deployments for Hurricanes Sandy in 2012 and Irene in 2011. The NDR team deployed on September 11, 2001, following the New York City World Trade Center disaster – recovering the services of a destroyed network office and providing emergency communications support for humanitarian efforts.

“We chose Connecticut for this exercise, in part, to help local and regional first responders understand NDR’s role in restoring communications for an area impacted by a disaster,” said Mark Francis, VP, Network Operations. ”NDR exercises are a global effort – they are conducted in the United States and abroad to maintain the readiness of the team and its equipment.”

This will be the NDR team’s first full technical exercise in Connecticut. For more information, visit the Network Disaster Recovery page.

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