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 Connecting the Unconnected (49) Satellite is Essential (47) Company News (42) JUPITER System (29) HughesNet (25) HughesON Managed Networks (18) SD-WAN (16) Podcast (15) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (12) Interoperability (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (8) HughesON Digital Signage (1) Popular Blogs Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking ServicesMay 11, 2021 OneWeb Gateways Require Complex Hughes Engineering May 19, 2021 Better Satellite World Podcast: Space for All, Season 2 - The Rural ImperativeMay 24, 2021 The Future of ConnectivityJun 9, 2021 Peru School System and HughesNet Connect Students to Educational ResourcesJun 15, 2021 Related Posts See All The Divide Podcast: The role of satellite broadband in closing the digital divide July 22, 2021 Defining Moments in Hughes 50 Year History July 23, 2021 How Hughes Fosters a Culture of Continuous Innovation July 23, 2021 SIA Report: Satellite Industry Leads Global Space Economy July 19, 2021 Upcoming 3GPP Release 17 to Include Satellite in Global 5G Standard June 22, 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.