Do cell phones work during Hurricane Power Outages?

Verizon cell phone tower, on 301 near Sun City Center, FL
Verizon Cell phone towers on 301 in Wimauma near Sun City Center, FL
Verizon Cell phone towers on 301 in Wimauma near Sun City Center, FL

ANSWER: Most of the time.

When cell phone towers experience power outages, for example during hurricanes, they don’t go offline due to the FCC mandate that requires cell phone carriers to provide backup battery power to their cell phone towers.

The backup battery usually only last four hours tops. Some towers in critical areas have electric generators that will run for days providing some stability to the network in natural disasters.

However, if the tower is physically damaged, cell phones are able to find the next available tower. That said, as long as there are working towers in your area that are not physically damaged, you should be able to make a phone call.

SCC Amateur Radio Club will keep communications going during Hurricane power outages

Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club KE4-ZIP prepares for hurricane season
Building of Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club KE4-ZIP
Building of Sun City Center Amateur Radio Club KE4-ZIP

HURRICANE SEASON: The Sun City Center Amateur Ham Radio Club will be online 24/7 during hurricane season in case of emergencies and power outages.

During power outages, ham operators will be operating at full capacity with generators and stand-alone antennas.

While TECO works to get the electric back on, ham operators will continue communications with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, South Bay Hospital, the SCC Rescue Squad and community coordinators to help meet the needs of residents.

For more information on what the club provides during emergencies, visit them at www.sccarc.info

City Center Amateur Radio Club | 1901 N. Pebble Beach Blvd | 813-642-2071 | sccarc@verison.net | www.sccarc.info