Verizon Response: $100,000 grant to the California Fire Foundation for wildfire relief; Unlimited call/text/data for Californians Impacted by Hill and Easy Fires

November 1, 2019 3:15 PM

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What you need to know:

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Verizon Foundation today announced a $100,000 grant to the California Fire Foundation to support the immediate relief efforts for those impacted by the devastating 2019 California wildfires.

"Our hearts go out to Californians who’ve been affected by the recent wildfires," said Jonathan LeCompte, Verizon West Area President. "We know that disaster recovery takes time and resources, so we’re proud to support the California Fire Foundation as they help our neighbors rebuild their lives.”

For our consumer and small business customers impacted by the Easy and Hill Fires in California, beginning November 1 through November 3, Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting and data to affected communities impacted in Ventura and San Bernardino Counties.

Customers can verify eligibility for call/text/data relief by entering their zip code here: https://www.verizonwireless.com/featured/relief/.

Our Verizon Response Team is available 24/7 to coordinate with first responders. We have mobilized charging stations, devices, special equipment, emergency vehicles and more to support local, state and federal agencies. First responder customers with wireless priority service should utilize *272 when placing calls.

Verizon retail stores may be closed or have reduced hours due to the wildfires and power outages. You can find the nearest one that’s open by visiting: https://www.verizonwireless.com/stores/.

Verizon customers can donate to disaster relief efforts by texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 for the American Red Cross or FOOD to 80100 for World Central Kitchen, and $10 will be added to their bill upon confirmation of the billing zip code. Anyone looking to help a Verizon team member impacted by the wildfires can donate to the VtoV Fund by texting VtoV to 501501 to donate $10 or “PLEDGE” to donate $25.

Here’s where our Network stands:

Verizon’s network remains unaffected by the Easy, Hill, Getty, Kincade and Tick wildfires.

With regards to the public safety power shutoffs, we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of planned power outages on our customers. However, there may be discrete areas of our network that experience service disruption or degradation, due to topographical and other technological constraints that prevent the deployment of backup power or other resources to a particular cell site.

Verizon’s Support of Local Relief Efforts:

Verizon is assisting with relief efforts by providing wireless phones, charging stations, and jetpacks to the following evacuation shelters and organizations:

Northern CA

Evacuation shelters

Public safety and other service providers

Southern CA

Evacuation shelters

Other service providers

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018. The company operates America’s most awarded wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company’s media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. Verizon’s corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.

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Media contact:Heidi Flato925.324.8692Heidi.Flato@verizon.comTwitter: @HeidiFlato

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