The American Red Cross has set up a satellite communications center in Elizabeth City in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy’s effects.
Red Cross workers out of Wilmington arrived Friday evening to assist in preparedness efforts with supplies as well as a VSAT.
Officials say that a VSAT (very small aperture terminal) allows them to communicate with the satellites at 40 Red Cross chapters in hurricane risk areas from Texas to New York.
The Red Cross says using these devices, a chapter in an area where the infrastructure has been affected can reestablish communications to share vital information with other Red Cross units. Each site represents approximately $65,000 in technology investment.
In a press release, The American Red Cross Eastern NC Region says it has mobilized hundreds of volunteers along with vehicles and supplies in preparation of and in response to Hurricane Sandy. Trained Red Cross disaster volunteers stand ready to feed, shelter and provide supplies as well as provide comfort and emotional support to residents along the east coast.