Communication among those organizations and individuals responding to Hurricane Dorian was critical for saving lives and restoring normalcy. After Dorian wiped out the Bahamas communications and internet infrastructure, it was impossible for first responders to communicate and direct rescue and recovery efforts. NetHope, a consortium of global nonprofits and tech companies, stepped in to provide the powerline of internet and communications technology to get responders where they needed to be.
First responders require reliable communication among themselves & with the organizations performing recovery and humanitarian aid. In a situation such as Hurricane Dorian, all of the communication infrastructure was destroyed. That's where NetHope comes in. With their teams of trained experts, they are able to install and connect important hubs to the internet, such as clinics, shelters, and government agencies. Connectivity is the powerline that gives fast, accurate, and reliable information.
By installing internet connectivity, and the temporary power solutions that make them run, NetHope empowers first responders to gather information on where and who has the most critical needs to help those directly affected by the hurricane. It also allows communities hit by the hurricane the ability to connect with loved ones and to services and resources to help them find food, shelter, and medical help.
Getting a temporary information and communication infrastructure back up and running frees other entities to concentrate on helping affected communities recover and get back on track.