Innovative’s Emergency Preparedness Reminders

 

St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, USVI – May 15, 2015– Innovative, the leading telecommunications provider in the Territory, reminds its employees and customers that in the event of a severe storm or hurricane, it is important that they tune to local radio and television stations to stay abreast of weather conditions and updates from the Company.

Shawn F. O’Donnell, CEO and President for the Innovative Companies stated, "It is imperative that our internal and external customers stay tuned to the media for weather updates and use our telephone service, which generally survives storm activity, to advise us of downed lines and outages in their neighborhoods."

 

Customers should refrain from moving or cutting downed lines on their property or in the vicinity of their homes because they may be active power lines, telephone lines or cable TV lines.

For customers who are on the new EVO network, during a commercial power outage, the eMTA battery back-up for telephone will last up to 6 hours of talk time. Innovative encourages customers to use telephone service during these times on an as-needed basis. Customers who have generators or a back-up power source will be able to maintain service. It is important for customers to understand that if they do not have an additional battery or a back-up power supply, the use of the telephone should be reserved for emergency purposes only to retain the maximum amount of talk time on the battery.

 

Innovative encourages residential customers who do not have generators and multi-line business customers to discuss their communication needs with an Innovative Customer Service Representative to determine if an extra battery is needed to ensure that communication continues in the event of a long-term power outage. Additional batteries are available for sale at the Innovative Business Offices during normal business hours. Innovative Business Offices are located at Tutu Park on St. Thomas; Estate Diamond on St. Croix and Starfish Marketplace on St. John. Business Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Innovative also encourages customers to sign up for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency’s VIALERT to closely track the path of impending storms and actions that are being taken by the local government. Customers can simply log on to www.vialert.gov to register to

receive emergency alerts on their computer or wireless mobile device. Innovative fully supports VITEMA’s efforts to keep the public informed.

 

For cable TV or phone repairs, Innovative customers calling from landlines should dial 912. The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Customers utilizing wireless phones can reach the Service Center at (340) 778-1742 or by clicking this link http://www.livehelpnow.net/lhn/TicketsVisitor.aspx?lhnid=22785. Please have available the telephone number, statement number, address, description of problem and brief directions.

For assistance with high-speed data/Internet service, customers should call (340) 779-9999 and press 4 or call (340) 714-3700 directly for technical support assistance.

Customer service is also available for wireless customers directly at (340) 777-8899.

Innovative customers may also report a service problem online by visiting our website http://www.innovative.vi. Customers should fill out the form and select "Service Repairs" as the category.

 

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