As hurricane season approaches, the best defense is a proven preparation and the ability to rapidly respond. The AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team demonstrated part of AT&T’s response capability at City Hall Plaza in downtown Dallas during the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which took place a few blocks away at a nearby hotel. At this exercise, mayors from across the country had the opportunity to see firsthand how AT&T would restore communications to their hometowns if disaster struck.
At this NDR demonstration, attendees were able to learn about and view the following network recovery equipment:
- IP Recovery Trailer – A recovery trailer that is able to handle massive amounts of network traffic and is dedicated to the recovery of high-capacity routers that handle this traffic
- A Satellite COLT (Cell on Light Truck) – A mobile cell site that links to the AT&T Network via satellite
- An Emergency Communications Vehicle
- A Mobile Command Center
- A Hazmat Response Trailer
- A Portable Charging Station
Mission: Rapid Communications Recovery
The mission of the Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) Team is to recover AT&T voice and data service network elements to an area affected by disaster. Telecommunications are vital following such an event, both for the impacted area and for the rest of the country. NDR is responsible for the rapid recovery of service at AT&T network sites following catastrophic events.
In its twenty years of service, the AT&T NDR team has been deployed more than 70 times, including deployments for Hurricanes Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012. 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.
Also on display at the U.S. Conference of Mayors was a seventeen-foot response trailer with eight 5.5kw diesel generators and a VRAD trailer, courtesy of AT&T’s Digital Electronics Group (DEG) Disaster – First Strike Team. The DEG strike teams manage the deployment of generators and fuel to maintain power for cellular, U-verse, business, and residential service when there are commercial power outages (e.g., after hurricane landfall).
Has your organization revisited its disaster recovery plan lately?