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Verizon Wireless steps up to help tornado victims with local help

In a world that revolves around communication, a cell phone signal is crucial after a disaster. In a world that revolves around communication, a cell phone signal is crucial after a disaster.
Their presence opens up communication for so many, who lost so much. Their presence opens up communication for so many, who lost so much.

(WMC-TV) - How often do you use your cell phone in one day? Probably more than you can count and for many, cell phones replaced home phones. But when the tornado hit Moore, cell phone signals were down and Verizon Wireless stepped in to help with some volunteers from the Mid-South.

In a world that revolves around communication, a cell phone signal is crucial after a disaster.

"We've tried to help with communications in a couple of ways," said Tom Zimmerman, Verizon Wireless. "The Verizon network stayed up great during the storm, so deploying this is a great way to enhance that to make sure folks can call out."

In the Moore, Oklahoma Target parking lot, you will find extra cell phone towers and the Verizon Command Center, which is housed in a 53 foot trailer.

"You see the devastation and you just wanna be able to give back and wanna be able to help and I'm proud to be able to give back and spend some time in this community," said Joanna Miller, Verizon Wireless volunteer.

Equipped with telecommunications, faxing, printing, and electricity, the trailer is housing the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department command center. The center is vital to providing communication and organization after the disaster.

Miller is in Oklahoma with others from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Their presence opens up communication for so many, who lost so much.

"I just quite honestly was speechless. I've never seen destruction and devastation this wide spread," said Zimmerman

Which is why he and so many others are there.

"To see it hit a major metropolitan area, to see it take infrastructure that quite honestly you just kinda of expect to be there, like a hospital and a school. It's devastating and it left me speechless," added Zimmerman.

Verizon Wireless is housing the sheriff's department for free and it promises to be there as long as it is needed.

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