Cable and Wireless/Flow: prepare for 2019 Hurricane Season

Inge Smidts, CEO of C&W Communications (C&W) operator of the consumer brands Flow and BTC, and the C&W Business brand in the Caribbean, has issued a call for all families and businesses to be fully prepared as another Atlantic Hurricane season kicked off on June 1st, 2019.  

The season got an early start this year as Hurricane Andrea, a low-powered storm, formed on May 20th some 300 miles west-southwest of Bermuda. It did not make landfall.

C&W has been actively preparing for the 2019 Hurricane Season and has already completed a series of rigorous hurricane drills across its markets and has begun customer awareness campaigns encouraging everyone to be on alert and ready to take the necessary steps to protect their families, and property. 

Following 2017’s disastrous hurricanes across the central and northern Caribbean, C&W invested approximately US$50M in Hurricane Restoration across its Caribbean operations.  

Some of this funding went towards upgrading cellular towers in impacted markets to higher category-rated models built specifically to withstand more extreme wind conditions.  

Additionally, the company’s world-class subsea network remains one of the most secure subsea cable systems in this hemisphere with increased redundancy added by building alternative routes for data and mobile traffic, in the event of an emergency.

CEO Smidts urged families to take a moment to formulate their own Hurricane safety plan, check with local disaster preparedness office or online for easy to use templates.

According to Smidts, “Nothing beats preparation”.