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AT&T earns DHS PS-Prep certification for disaster preparedness
AT&T said on June 8 that is has become the first in the country to be certified by DHS under its Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep).
The PS-Prep program, administered by DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency, enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats.
"We are proud to be the first company to achieve this Homeland Security certification, for it reflects AT&T's long-standing commitment to business continuity through disaster preparedness," said Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina. "This accomplishment is a tribute to South Carolina's leaders who, for many years, have championed policies that encourage investment in advanced and reliable technologies across the state. As a result, our business and network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster or emergency."
Over the past four years, AT&T said it has invested more than $950 million in its South Carolina wireless and wireline networks, improving their service quality and dependability.
Lackey said the strength of AT&T's continuity program, coupled with its industry-leading Global Network Operations Center, helps the company and its customers effectively continue operations during and after emergencies. In addition, AT&T said its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program is designed to recover/maintain communications services in the wake of disasters and includes a fleet of more than 320 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same type of equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.
"We are prepared, as well, to help customers achieve a high level of preparedness for their own business networks and IT systems," she said, noting that AT&T offers business continuity consulting to its customers. "Being proactive about continuity planning helps keep a company, or a community, be as prepared as possible for emergencies."