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Now that we are well into the new year, it’s time to ask: how are you doing with your New Year resolutions? Unfair question! It’s still January. But read on, and you will pick up a suggestion for 2014. First, a couple of good ideas from Dilbert:

1. A very simple preparedness plan (a 24-second video)

2. A more elaborate plan.

You could borrow one of Wally’s ideas from #2. Or you could stick with Plan #1. Or start small, one step at a time. For more on this topic, please see the Executive Director’s Report.

Inmarsats IsatPhone continues to perform extremely well in the field - a light, reliable, and easy-to-use handset for voice and text, with global coverage and integrated GPS. Price of the Isatphone is still $700, with both prepaid and postpaid plans available, including an emergency plan for < $30 per month which includes 60 minutes of airtime. Note: prepaid plans for as little as 30 days are now are available for use in North America and worldwide. Please contact for current pricing. Click here for our feature on the IsatPhone.

BGAN users: when is the last time you tested your terminal? Check our Preparedness page, where we have posted twelve “quick and easy?tips to help you tune up your BGAN and be ready for the unexpected. If your team needs assistance with mobile satellite communications in any location, contact us at For information and tips on mobile satellite systems, please see our Current Updates.

HumaniNet is a nonprofit organization that supports humanitarian relief and development field teams with practical assistance in global information and communication technologies, or ICT.

Through its growing network of advisors and field users, HumaniNet is helping humanitarian and mission organizations to make the right choices in communications, particularly in remote areas.

HumaniNet provides:

  • current information on best practices, favorable service and pricing, and new technology opportunities
  • assistance and information on reliable, cost-effective satellite and terrestrial telecommunications equipment and services
  • access to relevant technology information from selected service providers, business partners, non-profit organizations, and government agencies

In the last seven years, HumaniNet has assisted hundreds of relief teams responding to global disasters, including the Haiti earthquake (2010), the Japan tsunami (2011), the South Asia tsunami (2004-2005), the Darfur crisis, and Hurricane Katrina in the United States. We have also helped NGO teams deploying to Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, as well as development and mission organizations throughout Africa, Asia, South America, and the Pacific islands. Thanks to our donors, this support is provided at no cost to participating organizations.

We invite you to meet some of our field partners and hear how better communications are helping them.

Also, we are pleased to present several Testimonials from some of our field partners. Their feedback on "what works and what doesn't" is the most important ingredient in our information base.

Our ICT Features section highlights new developments and presents the results of field tests of new technologies.

You may contact HumaniNet by email at or by calling 503-957-2960.

HumaniNet is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation based in the United States .


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