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SECOND WAVE OF SOUTHERN BELL REPAIR CREWS FROM GEORGIA HEADING TO FLORIDA; TELEPHONE PIONEERS SEND ITEMS FOR DISASTER RELIEF

 SECOND WAVE OF SOUTHERN BELL REPAIR CREWS FROM GEORGIA HEADING
 TO FLORIDA; TELEPHONE PIONEERS SEND ITEMS FOR DISASTER RELIEF
 ATLANTA, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- About 84 Southern Bell employees from throughout Georgia will soon be heading south to help restore telephone service in Florida.
 They will join more than 160 Georgia employees who started work there just after Hurricane Andrew caused devastation in the area.
 Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, crews from Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Athens, Rome, Macon and Albany will be on the road heading to the Miami and Homestead areas of South Florida, where they will work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with local Southern Bell crews.
 The Southern Bell Emergency Restoration Teams in Miami and Jacksonville have been assessing the damage all along and determining where to deploy both local repair crews and the employees being sent to the area from Georgia.
 Southern Bell's telecommunications network held up well during the storm, with telephone service remaining operational for the overwhelming majority of the company's customers in the affected areas.
 More than 80 percent of the phone cable in the storm area is underground, protecting it from the brunt of the storm. However, high winds, fallen trees and tree limbs, water and debris damaged some aerial lines between poles and homes or businesses.
 The employees are primarily installation, repair, and construction technicians, along with supervisors. More than 40 employees will depart in a caravan from 445 Atlanta South Parkway starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The initial stay for all employees sent to work in Florida will be 30 days.
 In addition to the work crews, hundreds of active and retired Southern Bell employees and their families have been volunteering to help with disaster relief by collecting and sending items to South Florida through the Telephone Pioneers service organization. Members of the Dixie, Dogwood and Century chapters of the Telephone Pioneers have sent more than 600,000 pounds of items to hurricane victims. The items sent include food, bottled water, clothing, disposable diapers, paper products, gas cylinders, charcoal, grills, and medical supplies.
 -0- 9/8/92
 /CONTACT: Lynn Bress of Southern Bell-Georgia, 404-391-2484/ CO: Southern Bell-Georgia ST: Florida, Georgia IN: TLS SU:


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