||Last Updated: Sep 6, 2017 - 8:19:42 PM
Nassau, Bahamas — Cable Bahamas COO, John Gomez assured subscribers and the public that
the nation’s leading communications Company is closely monitoring
Hurricane Irma as it tracks towards The Bahamas. “Our primary objective
is to ensure the continuity of services across all business entities
(i.e. video, broadband/circuits, fixed-line voice and national data
centers) during the passing of the system and the quick and efficient
restoration of impacted services.”
According to Gomez, “The Company initiated its business continuity plans on Sunday, September 3rd,
as Hurricane Irma’s forecasted path indicated a potential impact on the
archipelago. Our emergency response protocol includes but is not
limited to, the following:
We have an extensive network that extends from Inagua in the southeast
Bahamas to Grand Bahama in the northwest. We have only to look to the
impact that Hurricane Matthew had on the country last year, to know how
vital it is to remain prepared for any effect that a storm/hurricane
like this can have anywhere in our archipelago.”
- Activation of CBL Command Centre.
- Implementation of our communication plans to ensure effective communications with our customers, and all key stakeholders.
- Ensuring that all building facilities are secured.
- Distribution of essential equipment and materials to various islands.
- Deployment of personnel to various islands to expedite restoration of impacted network.
- Testing and servicing of standby and portable generators with
surplus fuel stored onsite and arrangements in place with fuel operator
for replenishing when required.
- Notifying key support contractors/vendors of approaching hurricane to be on standby to provide remote assistance if necessary.
- Establishing contacts and protocols with NEMA, power companies and other agencies.
Gomez further stated that, “our technical and operational teams have met
and are ensuring the efficacy and security to the network. Teams stand
ready for any necessary deployment should and when the need arise.” CBL
continues to work closely with NEMA, utility providers and our other
agencies and partners during this period.
The executive continued, “On behalf of CBL we apologize for any
disruption of services you may experience due to Hurricane Irma. Please
be assured that our teams are fully prepped and ready to work
diligently to restore services as quickly as practically possible.”
The Company wishes to remind the general public that they can receive
daily hurricane updates on OURNews, channel 212 and social media pages
and encourages the public to follow these pages for updates and advisory
messages related to Hurricane Irma.
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