Deployments | EF-5 Tornado in Joplin, MO

Joplin, MO Tornado — May 2011

Joplin, MO

NDR deployed a Satellite COLT (Cell on Light Truck) to Joplin, MO, at 1AM on Monday morning, May 23, after an ESF5-level tornado passed through the city on Sunday night, May 22. The Satellite COLT began providing cellular service near the heavily damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon; the permanent cell site serving that area was damaged by the tornado. (A Satellite COLT can provide cellular communications in areas without normal wireless coverage or in areas that have lost coverage due to damage to network facilities.)

The Satellite COLT remained in service until 4PM CT on Thursday, May 26, when local AT&T engineering and wireless teams established cell service at the hospital using a terrestrial COW (Cell on Wheels). (A terrestrial COW or COLT uses a hard-wired connection to the AT&T network instead of using a satellite signal.)