Hurricane Katrina Relief
When disasters strike like hurricanes, communications are one of the first services that go down and one of the absolute first that need to come back up. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devestated the Gulf South and displaced thousands of people. The Cajundome located in Lafayette, LA became a temporary shelter for tens of thousands of evacuees. Wow Technologies was tasked to create a telecommunications, data and security cloud for many local, state, and federal agencies during the shelter phase at the Cajundome. Miles and miles of fiber and copper cable were pulled, wireless bridges and access points were set up, firewalls and VOIP phone systems were installed, and hundreds of surveillance cameras were put in, all by Wow Technologies. The success of the technology solutions that Wow provided have been used as schematic for other disaster shelter operations and was featured in a book by Dr. Ann Dobe, "Fifty-Eight Days in the Cajundome Shelter".