SIOUX FALLS, S.D., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LNET), the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions to hospitality and healthcare businesses, is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) to provide disaster relief information on hotel televisions to reach those impacted by the recent tragic storms that devastated homes and communities in the Southeastern United States.
"LodgeNet was contacted over the weekend and we readily agreed to assist our federal government in this time of crisis and emergency in the many states that were impacted," said Scott C. Petersen, Chairman and CEO of LodgeNet. "These disaster relief videos provide necessary information on resources available to displaced citizens who may be staying at the hotels we serve as they begin the road to recovery following these storms. This gave us a real world opportunity to help thousands of families recover from the devastation to their homes and communities."
"The private sector is a really crucial part of the emergency management team. They represent tremendous creativity and capability, and when they bring that to bear in a disaster, the result is speedier help to survivors and faster recovery," says Dan Stoneking, Director of FEMA's Private Sector Division of External Affairs.
The videos are being shown on the Welcome Channel, a free promotional and information channel that is part of LodgeNet TV systems and appears when the guest room TV is turned on.
Last year LodgeNet and the AH&LA helped FEMA coordinate the delivery of Ready.Gov disaster preparedness videos to millions of hotel rooms. The videos gave tips on how families can prepare for disaster with kits and checklists.
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions designed to meet the unique needs of hospitality, healthcare and other guest-based businesses. LodgeNet Interactive serves approximately 1.8 million hotel rooms worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The Company's services include: Interactive Television Solutions, Broadband Internet Solutions, Content Solutions, Professional Solutions and Advertising Media Solutions. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet, LodgeNetRX, and The Hotel Networks. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit www.lodgenet.com.
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