The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) was ready to assist alarm monitoring companies that experienced communication system problems because of Hurricane Rita. CSAA announced before Rita made landfall that if a central station’s radio system was damaged by the storm, is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and needs to be modified or relocated, the association would help the station prepare an FCC application and coordinate applications on an immediate turn-around basis.
Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Rita struck the area around the Texas-Louisiana border on Sept. 24 with winds of more than 125 mph and a large storm surge that flooded coastal towns in Southwest Louisiana out of existence.
Central stations that have been affected can contact CSAA board member Robert Bitton at (908) 810-8822.
The law firm of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Pendergast, which represents CSAA, is also ready to assist central stations affected by Rita with emergency requests to continue operating without a license change. They can be reached at (202) 828-5540.
In a matter related to Hurricane Katrina, CSAA is trying to help place a longtime employee of a Metairie, La., monitoring firm who has been displaced by Katrina. In a release by CSAA, Hansen Koch from Certified Security Systems LLC is seeking a station in the Dallas area to employ Lauren Roberts, who managed the central station for Certified. Interested parties can reach Hansen at (504) 832- 2295 or contact Roberts by E-mail at [email protected].