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AT&T donates $100,000 to fund to support communities impacted by Sally

AT&T will present a $100,000 contribution to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.

Gov. Kay Ivey took a tour of the damage from Hurricane Sally on the gulf coast Friday September 18, 2020. (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

AT&T will present a $100,000 contribution to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund in Alabama to aid communities impacted by Hurricane Sally.

GERF was created after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and continues today to support unmet needs for individuals and families recovering from severe weather and natural disasters in Alabama. This contribution will enable GERF to enhance its support in responding to the catastrophic destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

“Even as we see tremendous suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, we also see shining examples of commitment and care. This is a time for the entire state to rally behind the good people of South Alabama,” Ivey said. “I appreciate AT&T for immediately mobilizing their employees and their resources to offer support to our citizens, first responders and communities. Together, we will bring Alabama’s Gulf Coast back to its feet!”

AT&T has also activated its Text to Give feature for customers who can text HURRICANES to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Sally in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Donations will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Donators must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate.

In this time of need, the AT&T Network Disaster Recovery team, in partnership with the FirstNet Response Operations team, is in the field and working closely with first responders and local leaders in impacted communities to deploy assets as needed to help maintain continued connectivity.

In addition to enhancing network resiliency, teams are working to strengthen communities by supporting organizations like GERF that are committed to supporting residents and addressing needs across the region.

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“As our teams are working alongside their neighbors along the gulf coast to restore their communities, we are proud to support our first responders and organizations that are dedicated to helping our friends and families as they get back on their feet after the devastation of Hurricane Sally,” said Wayne Hutchens, president of AT&T Alabama.

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