TUPELO – In response to Monday’s severe weather that ravaged Mississippi, Verizon has deployed a crisis response team that is in place in various locations in and around Tupelo. The carrier has set up mobile charging stations with volunteers who are providing free charging of wireless phones from any wireless carrier, free access to the internet, free phones for use on site, water and snacks.
Verizon Waiving Overage Charges in Impacted Areas
The company also announced that it is waiving overage charges for voice, data and text use for the entire month of May for customers in the impacted areas around Tupelo, Louisville, Starkville and Columbus. Overage charges will be waived in the following ZIP codes:
Tupelo: 38801, 38803, 38804, 38805
Starkville: 39759, 39760, 39762
Columbus: 39701,39702, 39705
“Communication is critical in times of emergency so we’re making sure our community stays connected,” said Lori Singleton, district manager for Verizon Wireless in Tupelo. “Verizon’s network performance is strong. This is one of the benefits of our $9.4 billion investment into our wireless network each year. You can’t afford to lose communication in times like these.”
Verizon added capacity to its network to allow for the increased wireless traffic that occurs during and after an emergency. In a disaster when call volumes are high, customers are always encouraged to use text messaging to communicate.
Mobile Charging Stations Available
Mobile charging stations will be at the following locations from 10 a.m. to dusk, or as long as needed to provide the community with on-site emergency phones, multiple charging stations and Wi-Fi support. These are open to customers of any wireless carrier and will be in place for as many days as needed:
Sleep Inn & Suites – 1721 N Gloster Street
BancorpSouth Arena – 375 E Main Street
Lowe’s Home Improvement – 3354 N Gloster Street