GRT Helps with Logistics Support During Texas Wildfire (1/19/12)
Thursday, January 19, 2012 | Comments

Global Relief Technologies (GRT) recently helped both the state of Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Forest Service to address immediate logistical and operational support needs with the use of its proprietary Rapid Data Management System (RDMS) mobile technology.

In response to a two-week wildfire that left Bastrop, Texas, devastated, destroying 34,000 acres of land and more than 1,600 homes, GRT arrived at the scene with its mobile field-data technology system. To assist relief efforts, GRT and its strategic business partner Verizon Wireless donated Samsung Galaxy Tablets to the Texas agencies and ensured they were all fully equipped with RDMS and up and running on the Verizon Wireless network.

“During the Bastrop wildfires, the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Forest Service were severely strapped for people and resources, so GRT and Verizon Wireless were quick to effectively accommodate logistical needs for the Texas Forest Service team,” said Michael Gray, president and CEO of GRT. “The Texas Forest Service was able to gather damage assessment data in a fraction of the time that allowed their teams to respond faster and pave the way for recovery in an expedited manner for those in desperate need of assistance.”

In the month following the disaster, the State of Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Forest Service were able to collect a record number of damage assessments. GRT then secured an ongoing relationship with both agencies.

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