Preparing For The Unexpected: AT&T Simulates Network Disaster in D.C. Region

From damaging earthquakes to powerful hurricanes, the Washington, D.C. metro area has been recently reminded that unexpected threats of disaster can arise at any time.

Recognizing the importance of crisis preparation, AT&T is currently conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation – a Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercise – in National Harbor, Maryland, through October 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. You can check out photos of the National Harbor NDR team below:

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Meanwhile, the results of AT&T’s 2011 Business Continuity Study indicate that a vast majority (89%) of local DC companies already have a business continuity plan in place, helping them protect operations and maintain communications when unforeseen natural or manmade disasters strike.

According to the study, 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 More information on AT&T’s NDR program is available at AT&T Network Disaster Recovery.

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