Inmarsat have once again shown themselves to be a vital partner in Team Rubicon’s disaster response work by providing satellite communications equipment and connectivity to support our deployment in the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Inmarsat equipment and support served as a critical lifeline, providing the only internet and telephone connectivity available from affected areas. This allowed the Military and UK Civil Service to coordinate preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Maria, residents to contact families to let them know they were unharmed, and Team Rubicon disaster responders to stay in contact with our Mission Hub in the UK.
“We have connected many people with short calls to their families, a lot of them for the first time today since the hurricane. [Inmarsat’s] provision of sat coverage has allowed us to pass assessment traffic back to CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency) and hopefully assist with getting folk the relief they need quicker.” – Craig Elsdon, Serve On