Disaster Recovery from Space

Natural disasters can occur with little to no warning, making them hard to plan for. Who would have predicted that a gender reveal party would spark a wildfire that destroyed 22,744 acres of land, cause about eight million dollars in damage and the death of a firefighter? The 2020 El Dorado Fire, commonly known as the Gender Reveal Fire, was caused by a malfunctioning smoke-generating pyrotechnical device on September 5th. The smoke produced by the El Dorado fire stretched past the fire zone causing apocalyptic orange skies and residents to get sick from the air pollution.

Having a proactive disaster response plan is key to an effective recovery and rebuilding process. The aftermath of a natural disaster can plague a community well after the news cameras leave and the rest of the world has moved to the next big story. 2017 saw a hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season that caused billions of dollars in damages and left many without power and shelter.

Network connectivity is an important aspect of any disaster preparedness plan, especially when traditional terrestrial networks and communication infrastructures are in danger of being damaged or destroyed. SES partners with many organizations focused on disaster response and recovery.

In this whitepaper, they explore the role that satellite solutions can play in enabling communications following a natural disaster, and explain some of the new technologies, solutions, and acquisition models available to government organizations that plan for – and respond to – natural disasters and emergency situations.

Fill out the form below to download a complimentary copy of the Whitepaper, “Disaster Recovery from Space.”

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