OREANDA-NEWS. October 11, 2016. To help victims of Hurricane Matthew more easily reach family, friends and other important contacts, a Wireless Emergency Communication Center (WECC) has been deployed by Verizon in Savannah near the areas hardest hit by the storm.

Wireless Emergency Communication Centers are generator-powered mobile units that have device charging and computer workstations, and wireless phones, tablets and other devices to contact friends, family and other important contacts over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.  The WECC has been deployed to the following location:

•         Savannah Trade Center, 1 International Drive, Savannah, GA 31402

The WECC will provide teams of technicians available to troubleshoot and charge up wireless phone batteries that survived the storm and/or have lost power.

“Many residents otherwise have been completely cut off from their loved ones and other important contacts such as their insurance companies, so the ability to make a call, no matter how brief, can be invaluable,” said Roger Tang, president – South East Market for Verizon.

Additionally, the Verizon stores in Pooler, Statesboro and Vidalia are all open. A  generator-powered mobile charging station is stationed outside the Pooler location.

For more information about Verizon Wireless’ ongoing disaster preparedness and tips to stay connected before, during and after an emergency, visit the Verizon's Emergency Information Center.