Alabama & Tennessee Tornadoes — April/May 2011
NDR deployed a Satellite COLT to Alabama from April 28 through May 2, after a series of tornadic storms struck the southeastern U.S. on April 27. NDR ECVs (Emergency Communications Vehicles) were deployed from May 1 through May 13—one in Alabama and one in Tennessee. The NDR teams and vehicles provided wireless, wired and WiFi connectivity for storm victims and relief workers.
The Satellite COLT was first deployed to East Cullman, AL, on April 28 and began providing wireless service at 11PM. The COLT was moved to Phil Campbell, AL, on Saturday afternoon, April 30, and provided service through Monday evening, May 2. (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 first ECV was deployed to Birmingham, AL (Pratt City), on Sunday, May 1, to provide wired and WiFi service for the City of Birmingham’s primary storm relief center at Scott Elementary School. The ECV remained in service through Thursday evening, May 12. A second ECV was deployed to Cleveland, TN. on Wednesday, May 4, and remained in service through Monday afternoon, May 9. The vehicle provided communications support for a relief center at Waterville Baptist Church.