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October 03, 2005



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 30th, 2005


COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ANTICIPATE AND WEATHER WRATH OF HURRICANE RITA

(Lafayette, LA)- In an effort to adequately prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, internationally known SOLA Communications, L.L.C. (SOLA) teamed up with Louisiana Department of Public Safety (LDPS)/Louisiana State Police (LSP) to avoid a communications chaos following the storm. Judging from recent weekend operations, SOLA's communication recovery solutions gave LDPS/LSP exactly what was needed and more.

On Friday, September 23rd, LSP contacted SOLA and contracted two of SOLA's Emergency Response Units (ERU), a mobile communications and command center. The ERU features a video system that gives the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at LSP headquarters in Baton Rouge the ability to view video from a remote location. LSP also contracted a self-contained 1.8 meter satellite trailer.

"I never had the opportunity to work with SOLA prior to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," said Rocky Beach, Software and Network Support for LDPS. "After working with SOLA Emergency Response Unit team members, Deryl Rice and Tiger Guillory, I was very impressed that just like Louisiana State Police, they are extremely mission-oriented, even under the most adverse conditions. I would consider SOLA an asset under any conditions."

SOLA agreed to deploy the equipment immediately following the hurricane, and in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 24th, LSP contacted SOLA and advised that one of the ERU's was needed at Troop D in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As soon as weather conditions permitted safe transport, SOLA technicians delivered and deployed it immediately. The unit contained a 1.2 meter auto-acquisition satellite platform, providing a T1 internet connection and phone service.

"Despite Hurricane Rita's enormous destruction to our area, SOLA has provided our troop in Lake Charles with the one and only telephone line that has never gone down since the beginning, allowing us communications with Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) across Louisiana, and most of all, our Headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana," said Captain Russell Haman, LSP Troop D Commander.

SOLA deployed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones throughout Troop D. VoIP gave Troop D the ability to make telephone calls using a computer network, over a data network like the Internet. The telephone voice signal is converted into a digital signal that travels over the internet and then converts back at the other end enabling conversation with anyone possessing a regular phone number.

"SOLA was there at the very beginning and has been here through the whole ordeal. This line provided our headquarters in Baton Rouge the means to communicate with us, allowing them to assess the situation and get us what we needed to assist all those affected by Hurricane Rita," said Captain Haman.

"I relied heavily on SOLA for Hurricane Rita," said Major Hilman Popillion, LSP Region III Command Inspector. "When all communications at Troop D went down, SOLA gave us the means to communicate. We are so thankful that when called upon, SOLA helped us in such a timely manner. Actually, they even helped us coordinate and assist in evacuating people throughout the area. We are very happy that they were able to assist us in these efforts."

Later that morning, LDPS contacted SOLA and advised that they needed a 1.8 meter satellite trailer at LSP Troop I in Lafayette. In the event that the terrestrial communications system at Troop I went down, SOLA's satellite equipment would provide a T1 internet connection for back-up.

On Sunday morning, September 25th, LDPS contacted SOLA once again and advised that the second ERU was needed at the Allen Parish Sheriff's Department in Oberlin, Louisiana, where all communications were down. SOLA immediately delivered and deployed the ERU, featuring the same equipment as the ERU deployed at Troop D in Lake Charles. This provided the Allen Parish Sheriff's Department with a T1 connection, enabling data and voice connections. SOLA was contacted by LDPS one last time on Sunday afternoon, and advised that the 1.8 meter trailer unit needed to be transferred from Lafayette to the Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)/Sheriff's Dept. Once again, SOLA responded immediately and took care of the request.

About SOLA Communications, L.L.C.
Located in Lafayette, Louisiana, SOLA Communications, L.L.C., specializes in the design, installation, enhancement and service of Telecommunications, Safety & Controls, Satellite, and Antenna & Tower solutions. SOLA has a long-standing reputation for delivering innovative products, solutions, and superior service. SOLA's products and services have no geographic boundaries and are attainable worldwide. For more information, visit SOLA at www.solacomm.com.

Contact: Phil Camel, General Manager, SOLA Communications, L.L.C.
337.235.1515, pcamel@solacomm.com

Julie Calzone, President/CEO, Calzone & Associates
337.235.2924 Ext. 3, jcalzone@calzone.com


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