By Bruce Fitzgerald, First Responder Network Authority Senior Public Safety Advisory
When hurricanes strike, many communities become vulnerable to high winds and widespread flooding that can cause injury and damage infrastructure. Communities in a storm’s path are often without power, food, or water for days – and for first responders, the main and immediate focus after a hurricane is rescuing and responding to those in need of aid. Last season, public safety officials relied on new technologies to communicate and monitor hurricane activity. During – and in the aftermath of – these storms, FirstNet sustained and restored emergency communications for many hard-hit communities.
FirstNet was built with innovative solutions that help first responders prepare for emergencies. The network’s Band 14 priority and preemption features give public safety access to reliable, interoperable communication service when they need it most – including hurricane season.