TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday that Elon Musk and his private space company, SpaceX, are working to provide Starlink satellite coverage to emergency response crews stranded without dependable communication networks across southwest Florida.

“They are positioning those Starlink satellites to provide good coverage in southwest Florida and other affected areas,” DeSantis said.

The governor said 30 Starlink units were distributed to Lee and Charlotte Counties to help residents communicate. Ten smaller Starlink units were sent to Emergency Operations Centers and first responders to use to communicate in the field.

The governor said SpaceX will ship approximately 120 additional Starlink units to deploy and aid in search and rescue efforts across the region.

“A large satellite device can support over 1,000 users at a given time over a 13-mile radius,” DeSantis said. “So that will help bridge some of the connectivity issues.”

The governor also thanked Musk and his private space company for donating the costs associated with all the coverage.

Other communications companies responded in force, including Verizon, which deployed several autonomous drones to enable cellular hotspot locations at Hurricane Ian impact zones.