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MCCAW CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS/CELLULAR ONE AIDS FLOOD RELIEF EFFORT

 PITTSBURGH, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As residents of the Midwest continue to be deluged by flood waters of the Mississippi and its tributaries, the Northeast Region of McCaw Cellular Communications/Cellular One is coming to the aid of relief workers and victims, it was announced today.
 As part of its Telecommunications Disaster Services (TDS), Cellular One is shipping cellular telephones, antennas, batteries and other support equipment to the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross. Cellular One will continue supplying cellular communications support to this region until all needs are met. The TDS program provides cellular equipment, service and technical consultation to the business community and emergency management/public safety organizations free of charge in times of crisis.
 Cellular One has a history of providing emergency communications support when disaster strikes. In many instances, it provides volunteers in addition to telephones and specialty cellular products such as fax machines and a portable cell site -- cell-on-wheels (COW). In 1992, McCaw provided more than 2,000 phones to relief workers in South Florida following Hurricane Andrew. When the clean-up ended, McCaw had contributed more than $1 million in equipment, service and manpower, including more than $20,000 a day in service.
 Locally, Cellular One provided free cellular telephones and service to several companies based in the National Steel Building when lightning struck the building in 1992, and more recently, to workers who assisted in the demolition of the footbridge that collapsed near Duquesne University earlier this year.
 "The ability to communicate quickly while in the field makes cellular communications indispensable during times of crisis," said Paula McWilliams, manager of external affairs for the Pittsburgh-based Northeast Region of Cellular One. "Our disaster services program has been successful largely because of the commitment of our employees to support our community and ensure that the value of cellular technology is made available in times of need."
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 /CONTACT: Paula McWilliams, manager, external affairs of Cellular One, 412-427-9268/


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