DAYTON, Ohio (WTDN) - AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are providing support to Ohio residents affected by the tornadoes by offering network equipment, mobile charging stations and relief supplies.
Two AT&T SatCOLTs (Cell on Light Trucks) will be deployed in the cities of Beavercreek and Northridge in order to keep residents connected because many are without power. A charging station has been set up at Corinthian Baptist Church at 700 S. James H. McGee Blvd. in Dayton.
AT&T will be handing out water and nonperishable snacks at the charging station.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by yesterday's tornadoes," said Adam Grzybicki, AT&T Ohio president. "At AT&T, we are committed to providing communication resources needed every day and especially so in times like these. We are also committed to doing what we can to help residents recover from this disaster, including helping them stay in touch with loved ones when they need to most."
AT&T says they are prepared to send out more network recovery assets and equipment if required. They are currently working with officials on restoration efforts.
T-Mobile is also deploying network resources to help provide wireless coverage to T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers in the area. Officials encourage customers to use texting rather than voice services over the next few days, as texts have the greatest chance of success in high-traffic situations.
T-Mobile relief trucks and team members will be out at 3490 York Commons Blvd. in Dayton to distribute supplies including chargers, water, tents, chairs, and other essentials.
AT&T customers can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to send $10 to the American Red Cross. The donations will appear on customers' AT&T bills or will be deducted from a prepaid balance.
The same offer is in effect for T-Mobile and Verizon customers as well.
Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting, and data to its postpaid and prepaid customers who reside in Celina and Dayton through June 5. They are also making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Dayton.
"Just like the severe weather that seemingly won't stop this year, neither will we," said Krista Bourne, Senior Vice President, Verizon Sales and Operations. "Verizon is proud to stand side-by-side and provide assistance to our customers, employees and first responders in these hard hit areas."
Verizon retail stores throughout the area will be open to help customers any way they can. Anyone looking to charge their device can stop by a corporate location. Find the nearest one by clicking here.