MAUI COUNTY, Hawaii, August 12, 2023

AT&T Supporting Communities Impacted by Hawaii Wildfires Through Disaster Recovery Contributions, Mobile Giving Effort and Network Assistance

We've contributed $100,000 to organizations to aid recovery efforts for Maui residents and communities. Learn how you can help donate through a text-to-give campaign.

Maui FirstNet Deployable on Air Lahaina Bypass

Key Takeaways:

  • AT&T has contributed $100,000 to three organizations aiding in recovery efforts.
  • Four text-to-give campaigns are active, and anyone can contribute.
  • AT&T’s Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team and FirstNet® Response Operations Group™ (ROG) worked with local public safety to deploy locally-based portable cell sites. 

What’s the news? To support those affected by the Hawaii wildfires, we’ve made a contribution of $100,000 to three organizations to aid recovery efforts for Maui residents and communities. These contributions include:

How Can You Help? The Mobile Giving Foundation has activated a text-to-give campaign to assist with in recovery efforts from the wildfires. You can contribute by texting any of the following:

  • HAWAII to 90999 for a one-time $10 donation to the American Red Cross (ARC) where 100 percent of funds will go directly to immediate, emergency assistance and long-term community rebuilding efforts.
  • WILDFIRES to 501501 for a one-time $10 donation to the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) to support the community’s changing needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance and more.
  • WILDFIRES to 52000 for a one-time $10 donation to The Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division to raise funds to provide food, shelter, emotion and spiritual care.
  • CONNECT to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation to the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) to help ensure survivors stay charged-up and connected. Funds will help support the stabilization and rebuilding efforts.

Network Relief Efforts

AT&T’s Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team and FirstNet® Response Operations Group™ (ROG) worked with local public safety to deploy a locally based portable cell site to provide Band 14 connectivity dedicated to public safety and service for residents, as network capacity allows.

We continue to make progress with our restoration efforts in areas impacted by the wildfires. So far, cell sites have been restored in Upcountry and Lanai to provide connectivity to residents and first responders in the area. The Lanai site is also helping to provide connectivity to Lahaina. We continue to focus on the western coast of the island, where our network is still experiencing wireless service impacts.

The FirstNet Response Operations Group (ROG) continues to support public safety and FirstNet subscribers by deploying full-scale communications solutions. The portable cell site in Lahaina is providing dedicated connectivity for first responders as well as wireless service for customers, as network capacity allows. This site is also supporting a nearby indoor Wi-Fi solution installed by the FirstNet team for public safety. Additional network assets are supporting public safety in Wailuku, with more resources on the way to Maui.

“ROG the Dog” is also visiting local public safety agencies on Maui to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those on the frontlines be at their best. 

Our thoughts are with those in Hawaii, and we will continue to work closely with elected officials, local leaders, public safety and other first responders to ensure we can deliver support where it’s needed most.

For the latest AT&T updates, visit our Disaster Recovery – Maui Wildfires page.


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