Suppliers Send Radios for Indonesian Relief, Rescue Efforts
Monday, October 08, 2018 | Comments

To help improve collaboration efficiency in the search, rescue and evacuation, Hytera donated communications equipment to Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), the Indonesian Red Cross, following a magnitude 7.4 earthquake and a tsunami that rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia 28 September.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) 4 October, the earthquake and the following tsunami has caused 1,558 fatalities, 2,549 injuries with 70,821 people displaced and 65,733 houses damaged.

It is the second time that Hytera has supported PMI in disaster rescue and relief operations. “Hytera’s equipment was working well during Lombok earthquake in August, and is now still supporting the reconstruction at Lombok,” said Ria Thahir, head of PMI Resource Mobilization and Partnership Division. “We appreciate your fast response and what you’ve done for Indonesian people.”

The earthquake as well as the tsunami, liquefaction and landslides triggered by the quake caused great damages to the power supply and public communications networks in Central Sulawesi. Hytera’s emergency communications solutions, which can be deployed in a minimum time, are efficient in setting up temporary communications networks in emergencies.

“Hytera has been in Indonesia for more than 10 years,” said Jerry Gao, country manager of Hytera Communications Indonesia. “We have lots of clients, partners and a team of local colleagues here. We live on the same land and breathe the same air. It’s our obligation to support local communities with our expertise to help them recover soon.”

Motorola Solutions also has been working with PMI to support emergency and rescue efforts as the country grapples with the natural disasters that struck Sulawesi and Lombok.

The search for survivors in Palu, Sulawesi, continues after last week's earthquake and tsunami. More than 1,200 lives have been lost and residents in Palu have gone almost a week without adequate food and clean drinking water. Red Cross has sent seven tons of logistical supplies, and PMI is providing resources to support rescue efforts in affected areas.

“Our engineers are working with PMI to extend repeater coverage in Sulawesi to support the Palu disaster relief efforts,” said Risdianto Charis, Motorola Solutions’ Indonesia country manager. “PMI will also be using the radios we recently donated to assist with the recovery efforts in Lombok.”

Motorola donated mission-critical two-way radios to help first responders working on the ground. The radios are operating in direct mode, meaning users can quickly set up instant, point-to-point communications between responders and relief agencies carrying out their vital work.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation also provided donations to support PMI and other aid and relief organizations responding to natural disasters. The foundation also made a US$10,000 grant to the Red Cross, which has set up a special fund just for relief efforts there. It will also match employee donations up to an additional US$10,000, Charis said.

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