AT&T first company certified in emergency preparedness

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ST. LOUIS, MO. - AT&T is the first company in the nation to earn Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certification for disaster preparedness.

AT&T’s certification is the first under the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program. The PS-Prep™ program is administered by DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The program enables private sector organizations to enhance their capabilities for planning, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and other threats.

“AT&T has a long-standing commitment to business continuity and disaster preparedness. We are proud to be the first company in the nation to secure this Homeland Security certification,” said John Sondag, state president of AT&T Missouri.

“Our business and network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster or emergency. This doesn't happen by accident. We are constantly pumping new innovation and technology into our networks, to the tune of $95 billion over the last 5 years.”
Sondag said the strength of the company’s continuity program coupled with its industry-leading Global Network Operations Center helps the company and its customers effectively continue operations during and after emergencies.

“We are prepared, as well, to help customers achieve a high level of preparedness for their own business networks and IT systems,” Sondag said, noting that AT&T offers business continuity consulting to its customers. “We encourage other companies and private entities to seek certification under this program. Being proactive about continuity planning helps keep the country as prepared as possible for emergencies,” said Sondag.