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The IEEE MOVE – Natural Disaster Relief Program has been providing services for 5 years to US communities with power, phone service, and Internet access in areas of widespread outages due to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. Now the institute will expand in other countries such as India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Turkey, and Puerto Rico. a U.S. territory.
What is the MOVE truck Equipped with?
- Satellite Internet access.
- IP phone service.
- Ability to charge up to 120 cellphone batteries simultaneously.
- The vehicle has a generator as well as three solar panels that sit on the roof.
- A mobile television—for tracking storms—connected via a small receiver on the roof.
The efforts of the IEEE volunteers involved with the program are often coordinated with the American Red Cross.
According to Mary Ellen Randall, the founder of IEEE MOVE, since MOVE truck cannot be used in anticipated rough terrain and nature of natural disasters in the five new areas, portable communications and power equipment are being designed under the IEEE volunteers in partnership with the Red Cross to meet the needs of each area.
She said the modular units will be used interchangeably based on the type of disaster.
Randall, also is a co-founder of Ascot Technologies in Cary, N.C, President and CEO, said “The equipment will be compact so people can pick it up and put it in the back of a pickup truck or SUV.,” says Randall, an IEEE Fellow. “We are developing multiple versions of the modular equipment that can be used, depending on the circumstance.”
She further explained various types of power sources and communication tools such as radio or satellite are required. While equipment requirements keep changing as they differ from those needed during monsoon from the ones required during a hurricane. While a solar-powered source won’t necessarily work after monsoon due to the cold clover. Their volunteers are developing prototypes of the equipment to test.
The organization has continued to work even during the COVID 19 pandemic. It has increased its volunteer roster in the United States and has trained the new recruits how to operate the truck. The training has been conducted virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.
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