Why You Need Back Up Communications
With an average of 100 declared disasters in the U.S. annually, no community is immune from extended emergencies or disaster events.
History has shown that every geographic area of the U.S. will be affected at some point in time with a major event, disaster or extended emergency. Effective communications in the first 72 hours is critical in determining the actual outcome of every extended emergency or disaster. Whether it be a natural or a man-made event, every community is vulnerable to some form of extended emergency where there will be critical communications system failures. Emergency communications systems are highly dependent on external working infrastructure in order to function including roads, power, fuel, networks and repeater systems, which are the very systems that get disrupted during an emergency event.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
Communication systems are the most critical element needed in
response and recovery. In every extended emergency and disaster,
communications are the critical factor in determining life and death
outcomes. Without working communications, coordination of response
resources is simply impossible.
When communication system failures occur the results are
often devastating. Critical communications systems are often the
first thing to fail during extended emergencies. When critical
communication systems are disrupted authorities lose their ability
to “manage and control events” which greatly multiplies negative
Most emergency communications systems have multiple
weaknesses and failure points. Often emergency managers are not
fully aware of their emergency communication system’s vulnerabilities.
This includes a lack of interoperable communications, inadequate back
up systems, or back up systems dependent on vulnerable infrastructure.
When communications systems fail, most authorities are
unable to operate independently for the first 72 hours of an
extended emergency. Many emergency managers depend on outside
support for their contingency back up. This strategy has many risks since
help often arrives beyond the first 72-hours which is too late, or may not
arrive at all due to logistical or competing demands.
Communication vehicles are often ineffective and too costly for
many communities. These vehicles are not designed, and often unable,
to meet the first 72-hour response requirement. Communication vehicles
require working roads, power and fuel - the very support systems that are
often disrupted in the events where they are most needed.
SemperComm is the all hazards communication solution!