Public Safety

To speed up disaster relief, restoring communications should be a priority

September 4, 2019

This week, hurricane Dorian ripped through the Bahamas, causing unspeakable devastation to the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. Unfortunately, natural disasters like this are increasing in severity and frequency.

Dorian reminds us yet again of the need for us all to be prepared for the worst. When a disaster of this magnitude strikes, it often knocks out the power grid and communications infrastructure. Without the ability to communicate, everything suffers: rescue operations, relief coordination efforts, medical evacuations, and the resupply of food and water. 

To speed up disaster relief, it is imperative that we restore communications as quickly as possible.

REDCOM has developed ruggedized communications systems for this scenario, delivering communications untethered from existing infrastructure while providing external or long-haul links for use in off-island communications. These portable systems for first-responders and disaster relief efforts are resilient to hard shutdowns and emphasize ease of use, scalability, and interoperability with disparate endpoints.

The REDCOM system can integrate with the surviving communications infrastructure and incorporate the restored services as they become available. Whether you’re working with portable LTE systems, HF, UHF, VHF radios or wire line telephones, we can create a network that provides local communication. Our solutions also supports low-cost terrestrial transport backhaul as HF radio links specifically engineered for communication in denied environments.

Preset configurations allow for rapid employment of the package which can be powered by a small generator. The system can also be provided in a pre-fabricated container that can sustain hurricane-like conditions while running on solar power, or integrated into communications vehicles or trailers.

We can’t stop natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and tsunamis, but we can prepare for them.

Shortening our response time in the wake of these disasters should be our number one goal. REDCOM can help.

For more information on REDCOM’s solutions for disaster response communications, please visit our website at or call us at 585-924-6500.