EFJohnson Provides Support for Agencies Impacted by Hurricane Irma
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Comments

EF Johnson Technologies allocated a portion of its inventory to hurricane relief bundles with KENWOOD Viking portable radios, batteries, and chargers.

EFJohnson has numerous customers and employees who continue to be impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The company's priority during this time of recovery is to support those affected the best way it can – by providing communication equipment and services so first responders can communicate. Public safety agencies and emergency personnel who are in need of radios should contact EFJohnson's relief line to discuss their specific equipment and deployment needs.

Puerto Rico, one of the areas significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma, relies on EFJohnson's ATLAS system for its mission-critical communications. In 2012, the territory deployed a 20-site 800 MHz Project 25 (P25) ATLAS system across the island to support the 4,100 users among its police, fire, and medical services departments. Because the territory is in a location prone to hurricanes and other natural disasters, officials wanted to make sure their communications system would survive one of these events.

As Hurricane Irma approached Puerto Rico last week, Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares sent a message of support to the thirteen island regions using the ATLAS P25 system.

After Irma made its way through the Caribbean, the local system support provider confirmed there was no loss of communications. "With winds up to 120 mph on parts of the island, this was the strongest storm we've experienced in Puerto Rico,” said Jose Jaime Romero, president Codecom. “The biggest problem we are now experiencing is a widespread loss of power with no knowledge of when it will be restored. Even with loss of power at some of the sites, the ATLAS system operates exactly how we were told it would. We could not be more thankful for this critical technology in this critical time.”

With patented Latitude technology, ATLAS is specifically designed to withstand extreme conditions — if any site is taken out by a tornado or hurricane, it does not affect the operation or performance of the remaining sites. The system keeps working and continues to be a lifeline when it is needed most.

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