Assessing Damage, Gaining Control, and Coordinating Recovery
Approaching Labor Day weekend 2008, Jefferson Parish public safety officials faced the looming threat of yet another hurricane pounding ashore and wiping out roadways, power lines, and vital communications networks.
After Hurricane Gustav strikes, how would they assess damage, share critical needs, and coordinate recovery with responding local, federal, and state agencies?
"One day without communications can set you back 100 years in a response and recovery effort. CommsFirst deployed to Grand Isle by helicopter within hours of Hurricane Gustav moving out of the area. The ability to have communications within hours of a major disaster was a once in a million event; It's never been done before."
- Aubrey Chaisson, Grand Isle Fire Chief and Gustav Incident Commander
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