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MCI SUGGESTS PATIENCE, CARE IN MAKING CALLS TO AREAS HIT BY HURRICANE ANDREW

 MCI SUGGESTS PATIENCE, CARE IN MAKING CALLS
 TO AREAS HIT BY HURRICANE ANDREW
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of Hurricane Andrew's journey along the Gulf, MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) has sent work crews and field operations staff to help prepare the region for the storm's onslaught.
 Just as MCI crews helped Southern Florida residents successfully maintain their contact with the outside world during the height of Hurricane Andrew's ravages there, MCI field workers have been fanning out across coastal areas in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to insure that MCI's network remains reliable when Andrew hits the Gulf coast.
 MCI's network experienced a heavy load of traffic throughout the southeastern part of the country in the wake of the storm's sweep across Florida on Monday and is experiencing a similar wave of calls today as Andrew rolls through the Gulf regions.
 Backup field crews and equipment, including extra generators and cable, have been sent to the region.
 HELPFUL HINTS
 Callers wishing to contact friends and family in the affected areas should remember to:
 -- Keep the number of calls to a minimum and of short duration. MCI's network handles millions of calls every hour in emergencies such as Hurricane Andrew, and such a heavy volume eventually affects the response time on the receiving end of a call. By keeping calls short, you can help speed up transmission of all calls throughout the network.
 -- Be patient and continue trying to place your call if circuits are busy.
 -- Be the central point for the rest of your family if a loved one is in the affected area. You can then become the clearinghouse for information and help prevent other family members from making unnecessary calls for the same information.
 Headquartered in Washington, MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. The company posted 1991 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion and is the second largest long distance provider in the United States, with more than 60 offices in 55 countries overseas.
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