The satellite industry is closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Ida. Through our partnership with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) we will be able to provide vital satellite delivered communications support to relief workers who will help communities impacted by the storm. In many cases, satellite is the only available service in these areas as wired technology has been severely damaged and will take days or weeks to rebuild. Since 2016, the satellite industry has donated more than 250,000 hours of service to communities who have been impacted by natural disaster.
In addition, the SBCA Foundation will be offering financial support to organizations who are impacted by the storm. Since its inception in 2015, the SBCA Foundation has donated more than $100,000 to local groups to help them in times of needs. Our focus is on disadvantaged rural communities which may get overlooked by national organizations. Donations have included computers for schools, communications equipment for first responders along with replacing critical medical equipment damaged by flood, fires or other natural disasters.