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 (45) Satellite is Essential (40) Company News (39) JUPITER System (28) HughesNet (23) HughesON Managed Networks (17) Community Wi-Fi (15) SD-WAN (15) Interoperability (11) Podcast (11) Emergency Communications (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (7) HughesON Digital Signage (1) Popular Blogs Innovations that Changed the Industry: The Two-Way VSATFeb 22, 2021 Audio Podcast Interview with Rick Lober, VP/GM Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network SystemsFeb 17, 2021 EM Weekly Podcast Episode: When Disaster Strikes, Staying Connected MattersFeb 19, 2021 Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Hughes India for LeadershipMar 24, 2021 Hughes “Digital Workers” Improve Field Service and Customer ExperienceMar 24, 2021 Related Posts See All EM Weekly Podcast Episode: When Disaster Strikes, Staying Connected Matters February 19, 2021 Audio Podcast Interview with Rick Lober, VP/GM Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems February 17, 2021 Audio Podcast Interview with Dave Rehbehn, VP-International Division, Hughes Network Systems November 25, 2020 Connecting the Unconnected Part 3: When Disaster Strikes (Tony Bardo, Dan Brown) February 15, 2020 Community Wi-Fi: Education, Healthcare, and Economic Equality (Jeffrey Hill, Dave Rehbehn, Peter Gulla) January 01, 2020 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.