Reliable communications key in times of disaster

10 May 2018: In a contributed article to Disaster Recovery Journal, Inmarsat Government’s Chief Commercial Officer, Kai Tang, discusses the importance of having access to reliable and resilient satellite communications (SATCOM) during the aftermath of a catastrophic disaster.

First responder in front of house destroyed by hurricane

When a natural disaster strikes, causing damage across broad geographies, it is critical for first responders to be able to communicate seamlessly and reliably through SATCOM services, while quickly mobilizing to help those affected. As additional relief teams arrive on the scene, and the demand for bandwidth increases, Tang explains how a wideband SATCOM network is necessary to meet the diverse and expanding communication needs for all teams on the ground, as well as in the air and at sea.

Urgent relief

“In situations like this when the alert is raised for urgent disaster relief and humanitarian assistance with no advanced notice, they [emergency responders] must be prepared to get on a plane or a ship and go anywhere in the world to provide aid and relief in regions recovering from any one of a number of catastrophic events,” Tang writes. “To do so, they must know that they have packed proven and easy to use communication capabilities.”

Only SATCOM can provide a dependable platform that ensures first responders can stay in contact with each other and the outside world. A SATCOM network aids public safety organizations in their efforts to operate from minute one when a disaster strikes and through the weeks following, providing communication solutions that operate reliably around the globe. Throughout these unfortunate events, you can rely on SATCOM services that are responsive to coverage needs and easy for first responders to operate.

Read the full article at: www.drj.com

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