Monday, September 5, 2005

Motorola: Hurricane Katrina Initiatives

Motorola said it activated emergency-response plans prior to Hurricane Katrina's landfall and that it continues to deliver replacement communications equipment to first responders (police, fire, rescue) and cellular providers in the region on a 24/7 basis. These initiatives have included:

  • More than 21,000 pieces of emergency communications equipment (portable radios, fully charged batteries, chargers, repeaters, portable transmission sites, portable antennas) to first responders crews in the region.

  • More than 1,000 Motorola i325 IS iDEN handsets and accessories for two-way communication among disaster recovery crews.

  • More than 300 cellular phones sent to Cingular sites in the region to be used for relief workers and victims and in shelters. Cingular is providing free airtime.

  • The procurement of a number of large motor homes equipped with replacement cellular communication equipment to allow rapid service restoration.

  • The establishment of a "tent city" mini-camp in Baton Rouge for Motorola emergency field teams.

  • The supply of three "site-on-wheels" emergency communications trailers and generators to provide first responders with additional private network spectrum capacity (700 MHz, 900 MHz), as well as additional high-end public safety radios designed specifically for those networks.

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