CARIB | Jun 5, 2023

C&W ready for 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Company is prepared despite forecast uncertainty due to emerging El Niňo system and above-average Atlantic temperatures.

Satellite imagery of Tropical Depression Arlene in the Gulf of Mexico as at 10:40 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, June 3, 2023. (Photo: National Hurricane Center)

C&W Communications, operators of the Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business, and BTC brands in the Caribbean, has confirmed the readiness of its hurricane preparations across the region ahead of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins on June 1.

Although early hurricane forecasts from Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a slightly lower than average number of named storms in 2023, they also indicate that there is increased uncertainty in the prediction models due to other mitigating factors.

Data has confirmed the end of the three-year weather pattern known as La Niňa, which is a cooling of equatorial Pacific waters, and show that these waters are now warming, which will give rise to the re-emergence of the weather effect known as El Niňo.

The changing weather patterns, in addition to continued warming in the Atlantic, are driving the increased uncertainty in creating reliable predictions for the season. Considering this, C&W Communications has ensured that its normal precautionary measures to safeguard its employees, customers, and operations are in a state of readiness for the hurricane season.

“We are proud of our track record of maintaining reliable connections across the Caribbean. Our teams are finalizing simulation exercises and the readiness of our networks to ensure that nothing is left to chance,” said Inge Smidts, chief executive officer at C&W Communications.   

Inge Smidts, CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications.

The company also utilizes a state-of-the-art subsea network, which is one of the most secure subsea cable systems in the Western Hemisphere, with increased redundancy added by incorporating alternative routes for data and mobile traffic in the event of an emergency.

“Our investments in the added redundancy capabilities in our sub-sea network, and our strategically placed data centers located outside of the hurricane belt, continue to provide an additional layer of protection for connectivity in the region,” added Smidts.

“Our businesses operate around three core pillars: connectivity, care, and commitment. Our focus on delivering reliable connectivity to the region remains paramount, but equally important, is ensuring that we are positioned to assist in delivering essential care to our customers and employees should a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, occur. In 2022, with the assistance of our C&W Charitable Foundation, we were able to re-connect students sitting for examinations in Turks & Caicos who were displaced following the hurricane; provided communication equipment to first responders in St. Lucia; and supported fifty (50) families in Trinidad following local flooding. We remain committed to regional governments, schools, healthcare providers, businesses, and the communities we serve as we know they rely on us to keep them connected. We are hopeful that disruption due to hurricanes in 2023 will be minimal, but we have taken the necessary steps to ensure we are ready to respond if the need arises.”

Meanwhile, at Flow Jamaica, Stephen Price, vice president and general manager, said the company’s Local Crisis Management Team has made the necessary preparations to ensure that all major operational areas are equipped to handle any natural disaster.

“We’re mindful of the likely threat that the conditions generated by El Niño pose this year, and our key teams are ready and on standby to ensure that the welfare of our staff and customers remains paramount in the event that a hurricane occurs.

General Manager and Vice President of Flow Stephen Price

“Our main goal is to ensure that everyone is safe and connected as we continue to strengthen our networks to deliver reliable and resilient service,” Price assured.


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