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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sccarc.info