The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis recently received a valuable addition to its disaster communications toolkit with the donation of three satellite phones by telecommunications provider DIGICEL. Recognizing the need to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, the donation aims to enhance the ability of the nation’s disaster coordinators to communicate with each other during emergency situations.
Satellite phones, which cost around US$700 and above, play a vital role in maintaining communication when traditional networks are disrupted due to natural disasters, remote locations, or unforeseen circumstances. This donation by DIGICEL will provide the Prime Minister’s Office with the capacity to stay in touch with emergency response teams, government agencies, and international partners, thus facilitating a swift and coordinated response in times of crisis.
The handover ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office, where Karlene Telesford, CEO of DIGICEL St. Kitts and Nevis, presented the satellite phones to Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew. The phones are known for their ease of use and quick deployment, making them highly useful in emergency situations.
Expressing gratitude for DIGICEL’s generous contribution, Prime Minister Drew highlighted the significance of these satellite phones in enhancing the government’s ability to respond effectively during emergencies and serve the citizens in times of need. The partnership between the government and DIGICEL is highly valued, and both parties look forward to continued collaboration for the betterment of the nation.
This valuable donation demonstrates the importance of proactive measures in disaster preparedness. By equipping the government with essential communication tools, Saint Kitts and Nevis will be better prepared to tackle any future challenges that may arise.