AT&T Touts Preparation Along Southeast Coast Before Hurricane Dorian
Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Comments

AT&T said it worked with First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers as Hurricane Dorian’s pathway changed along the Southeast coast and staged network assets for quick deployment to coordinate storm response and aid in recovery.

The carrier deployed a FirstNet satellite cell on a light truck (SatCOLT) to Columbia, South Carolina, to provide primary communications support at the staging location of all active urban search and rescue teams responding to the storm. These teams include first responders from federal, state and local agencies from across the nation.

AT&T also supported Pennsylvania Task Force 1’s mutual-aid response, providing the team with FirstNet Ready tablets. Pennsylvania Task Force 1 shipped out last weekend to help communities in Hurricane Dorian’s path respond to the storm.

The carrier also said it installed network equipment at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s emergency operation center (EOC). Located in a basement, the EOC had limited service, so this provided access to FirstNet connectivity as officials prepared for the storm.

AT&T also provided portable generators to support public safety and the communities on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island in preparation for Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall along the New England shoreline.

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