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October 30, 2012 / advwirelesscomm

Emergency Communications During Hurricane Katrina Rescue efforts

It happened on a Sunday, September 4, 2005, during the wake of one of the most horrific natural disasters, Hurricane Katrina;  Advanced Wireless Communications (AWC), received a call from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, a member named Robert Eddy.  Robert was a Division 11 Communications Officer out of Big Lake, Minnesota deployed then in Baton Rouge.

November 1, 2005, The Coast Guard Auxiliary presented Advanced Wireless Communications an award for their generosity during the Hurricane Katrina Rescue efforts.

Robert described the situation to the AWC representative advising that ‘The devastation here, from Hurricane Katrina is unbelievable, there is no communication thus no way for us to aid them here’!

The Coast Guard Auxiliary at this time was urgently in need of at least 50 radios in order to enable communications with the local authorities in this devastated area.

Ben Coons, owner of Advanced Wireless Communications immediately went to work forming a team, gathering and programming equipment.  Warehouse staff, technicians and even family members came in over the holiday weekend to assist in this effort; additional assistance with frequency programming was given by Charles D. M. Woodward, also of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

By Monday programming completed, all radios and equipment were now ready to ship next-day courier to the designated areas provided by our friends at the U.S. Coast Guard and a percentage of the equipment donated by AWC.   All-in-all it truly was a team effort all around, Advanced Wireless Communications remains committed to supporting those in need, we have a dedicated team and a wealth of knowledge to aid in most any situation.

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