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Blog // Connect Iowa

Why FirstNet?

By Connected Nation

This week Louisiana opted in to partner with FirstNet technology and AT&T. They are now one of the 24 states to make changes in their public safety efforts. As stated in FirstNet’s press release, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said, "The entire State of Louisiana will benefit from this decision.” “From natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes, to other planned events like Mardi Gras, hosting Super Bowls or other large sporting events, Louisiana has many unique times when communications systems can become strained. We will be working with our partners at FirstNet and AT&T on this communications network which means...

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“Count Us In,” Baltimore Fire Chief Says of FirstNet

By Jessica Denson

This week, Idaho and Texas opted in to the state plans for FirstNet, joining Maryland and 20 other states. Once complete, FirstNet will become a nationwide LTE broadband network that will give priority to public safety officials. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford calls the network “a watershed moment” for firefighters and other first responders. “I think that FirstNet is going to open a whole lot of doors that we have not had an opportunity to walk through from a technological standpoint,” Ford said. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to do things and be connected to people and circumstances we would have never been.” Ford said FirstNet...

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From Hurricanes to Wildfires: Preparing Your Family in Case of a Disaster

By Jessica Denson

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, wildfires along the east coast—each one a tragedy for communities now struggling to cope. But each one is also a reminder that every one of us needs a plan in case of an emergency. FEMA has named September as National Preparedness Month. That means it’s time to make sure each member of your family knows what to do to stay safe and communicate during times of disaster.  To do so requires a plan to help everyone from children to grandparents understand what action to take and even what not to do. You can go to Ready.gov for ways to prepare your loved ones for everything from extreme heat to hurricanes and...

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