Disaster Relief Clearinghouse Activated
As telcos in the Southeast prepare for Hurricane Irma and companies in Texas and Louisiana continue to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has posted some supplies made available by member telcos. To date, NTCA has not received any specific requests for help or supplies from affected telcos but we will continue to communicate with member companies and update the clearinghouse as new needs and offers of assistance are known. NTCA members in need of help or supplies are encouraged to submit requests for needed resources. If we receive any requests for supplies, we will post them in the Disaster Relief Clearinghouse. Please check this site periodically—your resources may assist your fellow members in restoring essential communications service to their communities.
As always, we appreciate your willingness to help in the face of dangerous natural disasters.
1. Copper cable and pedestals -- Contact Roger Kilburg of Preston Telephone Company (Preston, Iowa).
2. Off grid solar power supplies for telecommunications devices where utility power is not available at the moment -- Contact Paige Wacker of ESPi (Clay Center, Kansas).