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

impacts.

 

  • 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!

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