FirstNet delivers for agencies responding to Hurricane Michael

October 15, 2018

by AT&T

We know how critical communications are to rescue and recovery efforts. And FirstNet is proud to deliver for the men and women working to help those in need across impacted communities.

Since the storm made landfall on Wednesday, FirstNet has been keeping national, state and local public safety agencies connected to the information they need. So, they can make rescues, communicate and coordinate their storm response, and aid in recovery.

  • We’ve been deploying network assets at the guidance of public safety. FirstNet-dedicated Satellite Cells on Light Trucks have boosted connectivity in hard-hit areas like Panama City, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Seminole County, Ga.; Colquitt, Ga., and more. These deployments are supporting national guardsmen, airmen, state patrol, trauma care, police, fire and rescue teams from as far as Oregon.
  • Working with Florida Governor Rick Scott, we were able to identify public safety agencies that were without commercial service. And we delivered hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these first responders carry out their important mission of keeping the public safe.

"FirstNet was there when we needed communications the most with our campus and community partners. During an emergency or natural disaster, the ability to communicate is paramount. And based on the support we've received from the FirstNet team at AT&T during Hurricane Michael, we know they are a partner we can trust," said Florida State University Police Chief David Perry.

"When it comes to natural disasters like Hurricane Michael, we’re all in this together. And when everything else was down, FirstNet was working. It's helping keep our officers across the state stay safe and connected during their lifesaving missions," said Steve Casey, Executive Director of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

We’ll continue to stand by the men and women who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, to protect and support our communities.