Companies news of 2008-09-06 (page 1)

  • AT&T Prepared for Hurricane Ike in FloridaProvider Stages Emergency Response Equipment in...
  • Photon Dynamics' Shareholders Approve Merger With Orbotech
  • Verizon Wireless Seeks to Expand Local Workforce at Job Fair in Bergen CountyGrowth in...

    AT&T Prepared for Hurricane Ike in FloridaProvider Stages Emergency Response Equipment in Strategic Locations Ready to Respond and Offers Communications Tips for Residents and Small Businesses

    MIAMI, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As residents and businesses throughout the Southeast and Florida recover from the impact of Hurricane Gustav as well as Tropical Storm Fay, AT&T Inc. is also taking steps to prepare equipment and facilities for a potential strike by Hurricane Ike.

    In preparation for Hurricane Ike, the company is identifying areas for the staging of equipment for post-Ike response, testing high-capacity backup batteries and topping off fuel for generators positioned at cell sites and switching centers.

    The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to create and maintain its Network Disaster Recovery capabilities that include an extensive fleet of mobile command centers, mobile cell sites, emergency equipment and personnel resources standing by should it be needed.

    A critical element of AT&T's efforts to maximize network reliability is the company's ability to swiftly respond when disaster strikes. This is made possible by AT&T's pre-season and pre-storm preparation which includes:

    -- Ongoing readiness drills -- Refueling generators positioned at cell sites and switching centers -- Testing high-capacity backup batteries -- Adding capacity to the wireless network -- Deploying additional generators. AT&T has more than 4,500 permanent and portable generators in the Southeast. Cell sites in hurricane prone areas are equipped with these generators and can run for up to 36 hours during commercial power outages. -- Staging generators and additional emergency response equipment in safe locations for their immediate deployment once the storm has passed

    AT&T is committed to providing reliable communications before, during and after a storm, and delivering the highest levels of service quality for customers under all circumstances. Millions of residential and business customers depend on AT&T for critical voice, data and video communications, as well as entertainment services.

    With Florida residents preparing for Hurricane Ike, AT&T is providing important communications tips for residents and small businesses to use before, during and after a storm.

    Consumer Tips: -- Have a family communications plan in place. Designate someone out of the area as a central contact, and make certain that all family members know whom to contact if they become separated. -- Be sure you have a "Hurricane Phone." It's a good idea to have a wireless phone on hand and at least one corded (landline) telephone that is not dependent on electricity in case of a power outage. Cordless telephones usually have receivers that are electrically charged, so they won't work if you lose your power. -- Program your emergency contact numbers and e-mail addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as your family members. -- Keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times. Have an alternative plan to recharge your battery in case of a power outage, such as charging your wireless device by using your car charger or having extra mobile phone batteries or disposable mobile phone batteries on hand. -- Keep your wireless phone dry. The biggest threat to your device during a tropical storm or hurricane is water, so keep your equipment safe from the elements by storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering. -- Forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of an evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get incoming calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is disrupted at your home. In the unlikely event that the central office is not operational, services such as voice mail, call forwarding, remote access call forwarding and call forwarding busy line/don't answer may be useful. -- Track the storm and access weather information on your wireless device. Many homes lose power during severe weather. If you have a wireless device that provides access to the Internet, you can watch weather reports through MobiTV(R) or AT&T Mobile TV or keep updated with local radar and severe weather alerts through My-Cast(R) Weather, if you subscribe to those services. -- If you have a camera phone, take, store and send photos -- even video clips -- of damaged property to your insurance company from your device. -- Take advantage of location-based mapping technology, such as AT&T Navigator, available on some wireless devices, to seek evacuation routes or to avoid traffic congestion from downed trees or power lines. Small Business Tips: -- Set up a call-forwarding service to a predetermined backup location. Set up a single or multiple hotline number(s) for employees, employees' families, customers and partners, as appropriate, to call so that all parties know about the business situation and emergency plan. For this to be most effective, maintain an updated contact list, including mobile and home phone numbers and e-mail addresses, for all employees. -- Protect hardware/software/data records/employee records, etc. Routinely back up these files to an off-site location. Use a generator for supplying backup power to vital computer hardware and other mission-critical equipment. Prearrange the replacement of damaged hardware with vendors to ensure quick business recovery. -- Outline detailed plans for evacuation and shelter-in-place plans. Practice these plans (employee training, etc.). Establish a backup location for your business and meeting place for all employees. -- Assemble a crisis-management team and coordinate efforts with neighboring businesses and building management. Be aware that disasters affecting your suppliers also affect your business. Outline a plan for supply chain continuity for business essentials. Maximizing Service During and After a Hurricane: -- During an emergency, more people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased calling volume may create network congestion, leading to "fast busy" signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again. -- Try wireless text/short messaging service (SMS). During an emergency situation, text messages will often go through quicker than voice calls because they require less network resources. All of AT&T's wireless devices are text messaging capable. Also, if you have a wireless data device such as an Apple iPhone or a BlackBerry(R) smartphone, you can use its messaging capabilities to communicate. Depending on the call plan, additional charges may apply. -- Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum, and limit your calls to the most important ones. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

    Additional information and tips for disaster preparedness can be found at

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

    (C) 2008 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Central and North Florida, Gretchen Schultz, +1-407-237-3324,
    Mobile, +1-407-324-6009,, or South and West Florida,
    Kelly Starling, +1-561-775-4259, Mobile, +1-561-301-1414,, both of AT&T Inc.

    Web site:

    Photon Dynamics' Shareholders Approve Merger With Orbotech

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Photon Dynamics, Inc. announced that shareholders have voted in favor of Orbotech Ltd.'s proposed acquisition of Photon Dynamics in a stock-for-cash merger at Photon Dynamics' special shareholders meeting held today. In excess of a majority of the shares outstanding were cast in favor of the proposals relating to the merger and less than one percent of shares outstanding were against the proposals relating to the merger. The merger will close upon the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining closing conditions.

    About Photon Dynamics, Inc.

    Photon Dynamics, Inc. is a global supplier utilizing advanced machine vision technology for market leading Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) flat panel display test and repair systems and for high performance digital imaging systems for defense, surveillance, industrial inspection and medical imaging applications. For more information about Photon Dynamics, visit its website at

    "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

    This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as Photon Dynamics or its management "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements in this release that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, projections, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. All such forward- looking statements are based on current expectations as of the date of this press release and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the risk that not all of the closing conditions to the merger will be satisfied. As a result, actual results may differ substantially from expectations. Photon Dynamics undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

    Photon Dynamics, Inc.

    CONTACT: So-Yeon Jeong, Vice President, Investor Relations and Marketing
    Communications of Photon Dynamics, Inc., +1-408-360-3084,

    Web site:

    Verizon Wireless Seeks to Expand Local Workforce at Job Fair in Bergen CountyGrowth in Hispanic Population and Customer Base Fuels Search for Bilingual Employees

    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, is seeking highly-qualified applicants to fill customer-facing positions now available in the company's business sales, telesales and Communications Store teams throughout the New York Metro area.

    The Bergen County job fair will take place Tuesday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Glenpointe Marriott, located at 100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard in Teaneck.

    Among the new full- and part-time employees being sought are English-Spanish speaking candidates to meet the needs of the New York Metro area's growing Hispanic population.

    Verizon Wireless consistently ranks as one of the best places to work in the United States. For example, for seven consecutive years, Verizon Wireless has been named to Working Mother Magazine's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list and to Training Magazine's annual list of "Top 125 Training Organizations in America." In 2007, the company was the highest ranked wireless company on the list, coming in at #4. (For more information visit Most recently, Verizon Wireless was listed as one of the "Ten Best Places to Work" by both Hudson Valley Magazine and Rockland Magazine.

    The company offers highly competitive salaries and benefits including health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, a 401(k) program with dollar-for-dollar matching of up to six percent of the employee's salary contribution, profit-sharing, tuition reimbursement for continuing education and long-term incentive plans. Employees also can take advantage of numerous opportunities for career advancement.

    Job requirements include one-to-two years of retail sales or service experience. A college degree is highly desirable. To learn more, interested candidates may visit the company's website at

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at .

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: David Samberg, +1-845-365-7212,, or Gisela Lopez, +1-973-968-7928,

    Web site:

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