At Guajataca Dam, an Alert to Avert Disaster October 30, 2017 Emergency Communications , Satellite is Essential false On September 23, three days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, a portion of the island was faced with another imminent disaster. The Guajataca Dam, a 90-year-old structure built to create a lake as a source for drinking water, as well as an electrical power generator on the island, was about to fail putting tens of thousands of lives at risk downstream. Lacking the standard sources for electricity and communications, teams from National Weather Service used a generator to power their local satellite terminal to alert agencies in the U.S., including Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls. The result was an ordered mandatory evacuation for 70,000 nearby residents and businesses who were at risk of flash flooding. The evacuation started that night when the order came in and officials, still facing harsh conditions from storm bands still brushing the island, set out to evacuate the nearby residents and businesses. With the support from the local National Guard, task forces were mobilized immediately as word had to be passed around person-to-person since there were no means of mass communication on the ground. The dam eventually experienced a controlled breach but was quickly restored to a stable, while less functional condition as evacuees were transported to local emergency shelters. Thanks to the rapid response by government agencies and local officials, what could have been extreme levels of damage were prevented and lives were undoubtedly saved. Categories See All Satellite is Essential (53) Connecting the Unconnected (52) Company News (42) JUPITER System (33) HughesNet (27) HughesON Managed Networks (18) Podcast (17) SD-WAN (17) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (13) Interoperability (11) Mobility (11) Cellular Backhaul (11) Popular Blogs The Divide Podcast: The role of satellite broadband in closing the digital divideJul 22, 2021 Saving Space: How Sustainability Standards Can Protect the Industry and Our PlanetAug 16, 2021 Emergency Preparedness with Tony Bardo on FedScoop RadioAug 20, 2021 Seven Hughes Execs to Speak at Much Anticipated SATELLITE 2021 EventAug 23, 2021 Vessels of all Types Use JUPITER System for Land-like Connectivity at SeaAug 25, 2021 Related Posts See All 5 for 50: Five Industries Impacted by Hughes Technologies and Services September 28, 2021 SATELLITE 2021 Show Takeaways September 27, 2021 Satellite Enabled Voice Services Save Idaho Property and Many Acres from Wildfire September 29, 2021 Deep in the Amazon, HughesNet Provides Connectivity September 15, 2021 Vessels of all Types Use JUPITER System for Land-like Connectivity at Sea August 25, 2021 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.