COMMUNICATION IS CRITICAL before, during and after a disaster. People need information, so protecting or restoring communications infrastructure is always a priority. But considering a disaster as a whole system promotes broader planning and better cooperation among different groups. Protecting or restoring communications infrastructure quickly requires a network of logistics support, emergency planning and experience.

“Disaster response is not just about helping communities get their systems back up, it’s about the whole ecosystem,” says Stacy Schwartz, vice president, AT&T Public Safety. “It’s about supporting first responders in every way possible so they can help citizens.”

The following are recent examples of how AT&T is uniquely supporting disaster response efforts side by side with first responders at the state, local and federal levels.