Monterey Comm. Team Sent to Haiti

January 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Donations continue to pour into Haiti but a Central Coast man is offering perhaps one of the most valuable contributions of all.Brian Steckler is a communications specialist from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

He and his team are experts at establishing lines of communication in disaster zones.

Now the military is sending them to Haiti with more than $300,000 worth of equipment, including satellite phones and tools for setting up mobile wireless networks.

"Five things are being asked for: food, water, shelter, medicine and communications. I would put communications at the top of the list because you can't coordinate anything else to go in, until you have communications," said Brian Steckler, NPS Communication Specialist.

Steckler's team first deployed to a disaster zone in 2005 to help set up a communications network in Southeast Asia after the deadly tsunami there.

They also helped out in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.