Harris Corporation played a significant part in tracking and responding to recent hurricanes. Our technology assisted forecasters and first responders, and many employees worked 24 hours a day to support our customers.
As the storms formed and approached land in August and September, Harris technology was in place to help. The GOES-16 weather satellite provided NOAA forecasters with the most detailed hurricane information ever. Harris-built technology produced the images, controlled the satellite and delivered the data to storm forecasters. Harris imaging systems on WorldView satellites provided detailed before-and-after images used by emergency management officials.
During the storm we kept Florida first responders connected. After the storms, the Harris Foundation made donations to the American Red Cross and continues to match employee donations to help hurricane victims. The Harris Employees Actively Responding Together (HEART) program connected employees in need with colleagues who had volunteered to help. Offers of help exceeded requests by a factor of three.
HARRIS ASSISTANCE AFTER RECENT HURRICANES
HURRICANE MARIA – PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
New York State Police: Harris delivered equipment and provided two engineers to support the New York State Police (NYSP) deployment to Puerto Rico Sept. 29. Communications equipment provided includes:
• 2 broadband global access network terminals
• Inmarsat Government Services provided satellite network access
• 4 long-range Falcon III HF radio systems
• 10 portable Unity radios, 100 Unity batteries, 50 chargers and 50 cases
Florida National Guard: Harris provided first responder radios to Florida National Guard units that deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FL2PR Response Team: Florida lawmaker-led effort to get emergency assistance to Puerto Rico received 10 Harris satellite radios.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
• Harris provided SatCom terminals, HF radios and a team of technicians to connect Puerto Rico to Harris base stations in Florida and New York.
• CBP personnel in Puerto Rico put the Harris equipment into operation.
Communications International: Harris dealer covering the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
• A team of three technicians arrived in San Juan Sept. 29 to assist the Puerto Rico police establish communications.
• A total of 14 staff rotating duty on the island.
• 180 VHF radios, and 3 repeaters.
• Harris is standing by to provide critical aerial data and imagery products to assess impacts and prioritize rebuilding efforts.
HURRICANE IRMA – FLORIDA
Florida Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS):
• Harris’ Public Safety and Professional Communications headquarters in Lynchburg, Virginia:
– Deployed 250 radios and accessories to Tallahassee in less than 24 hours, arriving hours before the storm hit Sept. 10.
– Distributed 110 radios to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
– Provided satellite radios to assist critical post storm communications.
• 18 SLERS sites restored in a little over six hours, Sept. 12.
• The first public safety system to be restored in the Florida Keys following the storm, Sept. 13.
FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI): Connects more than 4,400 national and international FAA and DOD facilities, including facilities supporting vital air traffic control operations.
Harris Trusted Enterprise Network (HTEN): Secure network used by government agencies to transport mission-critical information.
• Switched FTI and HTEN to a backup network operations center in Georgia to ensure storm did not affect operations in Florida.
• More than 70 engineers and network operations specialists mobilized to support networks and operations.
HURRICANE HARVEY – TEXAS
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
• Sent SLERS mobile unit and Harris technician traveled to Texas to connect officers helping with storm response.
• Supported by the Harris Network Operations Center in Florida.
• Handled 2,000 calls over four days.
Dailey-Wells/Montgomery County Hospital District:
• Harris dealer overnighted critical communications equipment to arrive Aug. 29 for district first responders.
• Sent Unity mobile radio units, batteries and other items.
• Delivered 150 additional radios to the district.