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Wireless company deploys mobile disaster unit to assist those affected by wildfires

A Verizon Wireless disaster response team member helps a volunteer charge her phone.

A Verizon Wireless disaster response team member helps a volunteer charge her phone.

GUTHRIE, Okla. – One of the largest wireless networks has deployed a mobile disaster response unit to support agencies battling wildfires in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

As local and state agencies battle the raging wildfires in Oklahoma, Verizon Wireless has deployed a mobile disaster response unit to Guthrie to provide assistance to those affected by the wildfires in Logan County.

“Communication is critical during an emergency so we are providing agencies on the ground with additional resources as they work around the clock,” said Kristi Crum, president of Verizon Oklahoma. “Our network is built to remain reliable in these situations and to handle the additional traffic, so we’re keeping emergency teams connected during the crisis.”

According to Verizon, wildfire victims and those who have been evacuated are able to access emergency phone, Internet and charging stations at the Community Church at 512 E. Seward Road in Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044.

They are offering free charging regardless of phone carrier.

Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said more than 30 structures have been destroyed in the fire and at least six of those structures were occupied.

Fire crews will be on the scene through Wednesday to keep the fire contained.