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AT&T PREPARES FOR HURRICANE ANDREW

 AT&T PREPARES FOR HURRICANE ANDREW
 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to give


priority to people making calls from Florida, AT&T said it is requesting that family and friends refrain from calling Florida residents.
 As hurricane Andrew forces the evacuation of one million people, AT&T is limiting calls into the area at the request of local exchange carriers, such as Southern Bell. With the vast number of people leaving Southern Florida, it is going to be difficult to find anyone to answer a call.
 More important, however, is giving priority to those people trying to call out. AT&T studies have shown that one call out of an area with an emergency condition is equivalent to five to 10 calls going in.
 In preparation for the hurricane, AT&T has established an emergency operations center in Orlando, Fla. In addition, extra people and disaster recovery equipment to restore service have been brought in.
 The center will coordinate activities of the work crews and facilitate restoration of lost services.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Bravo, 908-234-5257, or 908-560-0424 (home), or Dan Lawler, 908-234-5254, or, 908-537-6048 (home), both of AT&T/
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