Tag Archives: hurricane

A-B-C, Danielle, Earl, Fiona

To Arms! To Arms! The hurricanes are coming, the hurricanes are coming!

The media has started sending their reporters to locations along the east coast because Earl is threatening to make this Labor Day weekend one to remember. As if this is some big surprise. It is always interesting to me that until there is a marked threat from a hurricane, very few people pay any attention to hurricane preparedness (unless you are in the ‘business’).

Hurricane season started June 1 and there was a bit of media coverage. The renowned hurricane forecasters Klotzbach & Gray an above-average year so it is no surprise to me that Danielle just passed, Earl is on the way, Fiona is forming and there is yet another tropical depression coming off the coast of Africa.

Typically the bulk of hurricanes form in late August and September or…..NOW! The East Coast is under threat of Earl’s arrival, and while I’m excited for the fabulous coming my way, emergency managers are not. Hurricanes cause damage, severe damage as well as a myriad of other problems and these folks handle whatever situations occur, often sending people into harm’s way to save others. It also becomes a busy time for as we support dozens in the emergency management and business continuity community.
While we’ve learned a great deal about in the past few years, most notably after Katrina, there still is much to learn. For example, many organizations that ought to have do not have them. And then they frequently call on us for help the day after the storm hits, when there is very little that can be done to help them. An ounce of prevention…….well, you know the rest. Why is communications, which is arguably the MOST important resource during and after a hurricane frequently addressed last? I’ve been working in this segment for 10 years and cannot understand why you wouldn’t cover your most critical people and facilities with , the proven communications solution.

So here’s the question for you: Are you prepared? Want to find out? Go to and download my free e-book ‘Preparing for Hurricane Season’ and see how prepared you really are. The e-book contains a fully comprehensive list of preparedness techniques for your family, business and property. It does not prevent damage – nobody can do that – but it can help you potentially minimize damage and the resulting problems.

A-B-C, Danielle, Earl, Fiona. Hurricanes are a fact of life, especially in the south and the east coast. Go to and download my e-book and be prepared. Here’s to storms 200 miles offshore and 15 foot waves!

May 2008 – Just in time for Hurricane Season!

For many years has been proactively supporting Federal, State and local agencies with Emergency preparedness and .  This puts us in a unique position—we know what it takes to support your people, your ‘Heroes’, when they are saving lives.

Among the many resources you need is an off-the-shelf, self-contained ; something that will work reliably when your people need it to work.  We have featured the in the past and clients love the ‘all-inclusive’ concept.  The includes:

handheld phone             ·
User Guide
2 batteries
Pelican 1300 case
Plug Adapters
500 min of airtime, valid 1 year
Leather phone case
24 hour support.  
Mag-Mount Antenna  w/8 Ft. Cable and adapter     
Value-priced at just $2,297.00,
 
delivered to your door!

We’re making this special offer to help you acquire the kits you’ll need in case of emergencies.  Time after time, disaster after disaster, Satcom has proven itself as THE most reliable communications solution. So buy your today—this special pricing ends September 30th.  For further information and discussion, please call on us 800-826-6152

September 2008 – GlobaFone Delivers To Emergency Responders!

Award-winning provider coordinates the delivery of hundreds and phones and service to Texas.

Sunday September 14th was hardly a normal day for anyone in Texas, for emergency responders and certainly not for . Ike changed the plans of millions of people across the US.

We monitor events around the world that impact our clients’ communications capabilities, and leading up to the weekend, coverage of massive Hurricane Ike, heading straight for the Texas coast plastered the airwaves. and the websites were permanent fixtures on our web browsers (still are until November 30!).

FEMA staff and numerous Texas agencies had been ordering from in the days leading up to Ike’s landfall so people were well-prepared. Unfortunately Federal money is usually released after a storm hits and after responders evaluate what resources are needed. That’s when teams can bring on additional resources.

By 11:30 Sunday morning after e-mailing back and forth to my FEMA contact the call came: “Lou call in the staff — I’ll have an order to you this afternoon.” Within an hour ’s exceptionally dedicated staff ALL gathered to start the prep work for our award-winning kits. After several hours and several hundred activations (we run them directly from our office), we all left, ready for whatever Monday morning would bring.

With the support of our Service Providers we coordinated delivery of 250 new, fully activated satellite phones to emergency responders in Texas. Relief! People had what they needed.

In addition the request for status on 250 phones arrived and several dozen needed re-activation. We sent the request to a key support person at and within hours all lines were not only re-activated but on a great low-cost rate plan!

had come through (again!), delivering 500 lines of service and 250 phones to key emergency responders in less than 72 hours! This demonstrates why clients choose for their Satcom. I’m quite proud of what we do and for the commitment of the entire staff!

Feel free to or call us on 800-826-6152 to discuss how can help you.

Satellite Phones – GlobaFone

Satellite phones have repeatedly proven themselves invaluable to emergency responders, managers and planners and others who need reliable communications in places where no other systems exist.  But here’s the thing: where do you get your information about satellite phones?  How do you stay up to speed on the latest news in the world of satellite phones?  With networks such as , INMARSAT, Thuraya and all vying for your attention, wouldn’t it be nice to have an objective satellite phone information source?  Well, here we are and better yet, here you are!

The Satellite Phones Info website was created by and is managed by GlobaFone, a leading satellite phone provider to wide array of clients.  From Federal, State and Local Government to critical agencies and enterprise organizations, GlobaFone maintains both an advisory and a approach to discussing satellite phones.  Because we work with five major networks – , INMARSAT, Thuraya, and MSV (through a partner), we offer depth of knowledge, unique satellite phone industry insights and years of experience.  This enables us to provide you with objective information about satellite phones and which satellite network will be the best solution for your specific situation.

This information will be posted here in the various categories; some will be specific – for example, others will address the satellite phone industry in general.  We will update this website on a regular basis so please bookmark this page and visit often.  We’re glad you’re here and look forward to providing you the most relevant satellite phone industry news and commentary.

 

February 2008 – Are you ready for Hurricane Season?

Have you or your people ever had to provide support during and after a hurricane but didn’t have the satellite communications you needed?

If you answer yes, then you know, first-hand the frustration of not being able to perform your critical tasks and job responsibilities. Let’s face it: are serious business. They bring dangerous winds, torrential rain, destructive tides and the resulting flooding. The most recently memorable hurricane is of course and while enormous category 5 storms like Katrina are not the norm, hurricanes are part of life in the coastal United States. Hurricanes happen; maybe not this year, but they happen.

Every year the Colorado State University researcher team Philip J, Klotzbach and William M. Gray issue their coming season prediction. This year they are calling for an above-average season with 13 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 intense hurricanes. Even thought there is still snow and ice on the ground, now is the time to prepare for the coming season. Click here for their full report:

The complex destructive nature of hurricanes means there are numerous ways that your normal communications will be disrupted: wind will take down cell and radio towers. Rain and flooding can wipe out landlines, switching stations and cell and radio base stations. Your entire communications could be destroyed or rendered useless. Look at history and realize that are the only truly reliable solution when all else fails. Now is the time to develop your program. Ask us how!