Help is on the
way from Rhode Island to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), which is
still reeling from two hurricanes that hit last September.
The Rhode Island
Emergency Management Agency is assisting the USVI in their ongoing efforts to
reconnect their communications since Hurricanes Maria and Irma battered the
area last September. At 4:00am this morning, RIEMA shipped six Rapid Emergency
Satellite Communication systems to help bridge the gap in their network
communications. These portable units enable field personnel to be online and
connected to the internet in a matter of minutes.
Category 4 and 5 hurricanes hit, many of the islands’ communication services
were destroyed. The hurricanes disrupted landline phones, internet connections
and cell service. These Rapid Emergency Satellite Communications systems will
help people connect again. “Rhode Islanders stand with our fellow citizens in
the US Virgin Islands,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “I’m glad that we’re
able to support their recovery efforts.”
support is possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. EMAC
is a nationally adopted mutual aid agreement among states to share resources
during times of disaster.