Connecting in a crisis
By Katie Scarvey, Lutheran Services Carolinas
Thanks to grants from the South Carolina Synod’s Mission Endowment Fund and the North Carolina Synod’s Michael Peeler Fund, Lutheran Services Carolinas has acquired backup technology for use in the event that a disaster disrupts Internet and other communications.
A new self-contained communications trailer (the Toughsat T-100 – known around LSC as “Major Tom”) will be used in the event of an emergency to provide broadband Internet and Voice Over Internet Protocol phone service in any location to ensure that LSC residents and clients get the care they need. Within five minutes of parking the T-100, LSC staff can create a high-speed satellite Internet connection and then automatically establish a half-mile radius wireless access point for any device, including computers and tablets.
This portable satellite connection will be available first to LSC programs. When not needed by an LSC facility, the communications trailer will be made available for deployment as a potentially life-saving mobile command center at the disposal of Lutheran Disaster Coalition of the Carolinas, an LSC-led disaster response collaboration serving both North and South Carolina.