As Hurricane Harvey runs rampant through Houston, Texas and other areas off the South Eastern coast, it is important to understand how crucial public safety is to the entire nation. Hurricane Harvey has brought extreme devastation to people in Houston and the surrounding areas and is slowly making it’s way south along the coast to Louisiana and Mississippi up and further up north. Although Hurricane Harvey can bring devastation to major cities it will hit rural areas and can cause major damage as well.
Hurricane Harvey has knocked out cable, internet and telephone services throughout the region, making it difficult for many to connect with authorities and loved ones. Once built, systems like FirstNet, are helpful in situations such as Hurricane Harvey not only for emergency respondents to stay updated as a state, but as a nation for emergency preparedness. FirstNet will be an emergency wireless network to keep first responders connected. It will give highly upgraded applications and devices that will give those in emergency the help they need. FirstNet will be important to sharing networks and communications, connecting to rural responders, giving priority, innovation toward public events, for events with large crowds, and of course for when disasters strike, man-made or natural. Below are links to previous FirstNet articles on our blog for references:
- FirstNet Select AT&T as Network Provider
- AT&T FirstNet Releases State Plans
- FirstNet to Host Pre-Proposal Conference, Issues Responses to RFP Questions
- February 2016 MOTM: States’ FirstNet Coverage Objective Maps released in RFP
- FirstNet Issues RFP for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
- October 2015 Map of the Month: Utah FirstNet Coverage Objectives
- FirstNet Seeking Comments on Proposed Legislative Interpretation
- NTIA Announces Second Phase of FirstNet Funding
- FirstNet Launches New Website
- FirstNet Hosts Tribal Outreach Workshop
- FirstNet Board of Directors Announced
AT&T on Friday, the beginning of the worst of the hurricane in Texas, released an article about it’s emergency preparedness and listed a series of tips for customers to stay prepared.