As many of you already know, Hurricane Sandy hit us where it hurt- it took out 25% of cell towers in its path and turned our expensive cellphones into expensive paperweights. The bad news is that it may get much worse before it gets better.
Many of these cell towers are currently working on back-up generators. Unfortunately, these generators may run out of fuel before commercial power is restored. The landline phone network has held up pretty well, but no one really has a landline anymore- so yippee.
Thankfully, call centers for 911 service has only reported a few failures, but operators may not be getting the automatic location information that 911 centers usually receive. This makes getting to those in need of help more difficult than usual. Verizon Communications, the biggest phone company provider in the region, flooded and had to shut down phone and Internet service.
While all the telecom companies are working on restoring their networks, how long it will actually take is unknown. With many places still under water, it may take up to a week to get things back to normal. Hang in there.
Preston Waters | Elite.