Communicating After Disaster Strikes

By  | 

A technical communication breakdown following Hurricane Katrina is prompting the National Red Cross to equip its coastal chapters with satellite communications systems.

Four Florida chapters, including the Capital Area Red Cross, are now hooked up to the high-tech equipment.

Chris Floyd with the Capital Area Chapter said it will allow them to keep in touch with the "outside world" when all other communications technologies fail during disaster.

He added, "For the Red Cross, this is a first of its kind. It will allow us to stay connected through the Internet with up to five computers running simultaneously on the Internet. It will also provide us with nine telephones."

The other Florida chapters with the same setup are in Broward County, Orlando, and Pensacola.