Mobile Beacon Launches Disaster Recovery Program to Assist Community Anchor Institutions with Rebuilding After Hurricanes

(Johnston, Rhode Island) November 15, 2017 – Mobile Beacon is announcing the launch of a Disaster Recovery Program to help community anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations etc. in Texas, Georgia, and Florida who were affected by the recent hurricanes. The Disaster Recovery Program is designed to support affected communities as they work to rebuild. The three-pronged program offers wrap-around support to new and existing Mobile Beacon customers during this time of rebuilding.

  • Under the Disaster Recovery Program existing Mobile Beacon customers in FEMA designated disaster zones are eligible for the Device Replacement Program if any of their Mobile Beacon hotspot devices were damaged due to the storm. Mobile Beacon will replace any damaged device free of charge even if the device is out of warranty. Customers can contact Mobile Beacon’s customer service team at 401-934-0500 to request a replacement device.
  • Additionally, Mobile Beacon is offering a Disaster Recovery Donation Program to all eligible community anchor institutions in FEMA designated disaster zones. Organizations can request up to 25 donated mobile hotspot devices to help connect their community. Learn more https://www.mobilebeacon.org/disaster-recovery.
  • Mobile Beacon has also teamed up with Digital Wish to extend the Disaster Recovery Program to schools through Digital Wish. Eligible schools can request 26 donated hotspot devices. This program is available in addition to Mobile Beacon’s existing device donation program with Digital Wish. Please visit DigitalWish.org for more information.

“In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, we want to help our school, library, and nonprofit customers in Texas, Florida, and Georgia regain the connectivity they need,” said Katherine Messier, Executive Director, Mobile Beacon. “We understand that the focus of many of our customers is on rebuilding so they can continue serving their communities. We are honored to be able to provide assistance to them during this difficult time.”

Mobile Beacon and its parent organization, NACEPF, Inc. also provided financial support to local organizations immediately following the hurricanes. NACEPF, Inc. donated $25,000 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and $5,000 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Mobile Beacon has donated $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $10,000 to All-Hands.

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Mobile Beacon provides high-speed, low-cost, mobile internet access to the anchors of communities: the nonprofits, schools, libraries, and healthcare organizations that provide vital services to millions of Americans every day. Through this broadband service, organizations have an essential tool to fulfill their missions and maximize their philanthropic impact, which allows organizations to access more information, reach more people, and help more in their communities. Learn more at http://www.mobilebeacon.org.

 

Media Contact:

Lauren Yergeau, Mobile Beacon
401.934.0500
lyergeau@mobilebeacon.org

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