SINGAPORE, OCTOBER 21, 2009 AT&T Inc. announced Wednesday (October 21) its contribution of an additional US$25,000 to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the France-based organisation specialised in providing emergency telecommunication, facilitating the coordination of aid efforts in the wake of disasters. The increased funding is meant to help TSF provide communications support in the affected area in Padang, West Indonesia where the magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in late September, as well as Manila and Cagayan Valley, the region of the Philippines which was hit by recent tropical typhoons.
TSF has already dispatched teams of emergency telecommunications specialists equipped with satellite equipment as well as computer and IT equipment to the many affected areas, where phone lines and power supplies have been cut off, in order to provide the crucial communications support needed by the teams carrying out rescue work on the scene.
In addition, the organisation provides humanitarian calling operations, so those affected can contact their families and seek assistance where necessary. TSF staff are currently in Tarlac, one of the regions most affected by Typhoon Parma which killed more than 200 Filipinos and left hundreds of thousands homeless. They are providing free calls to people who have lost everything, in some cases waiting for days to make a call to their loved ones.
TSF has also been supporting the humanitarian community with vital communication links for the last three weeks so that they can relay the needs of those affected to the outside world and better coordinate within the affected region to provide life saving aid.
AT&T has been supporting TSF since 2003 through annual contributions. The additional US$25,000 brings total support from AT&T to US$350,000 over this period.
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