What Hurricane Harvey Shows Us About Emergency Communication Systems

During natural disasters and large-scale emergencies, phone and internet service can be unreliable, which makes it difficult for people to communicate important information. When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit this past month, these communication failures sometimes prevented citizens from requesting emergency assistance. While communication systems across the country are improving, we’ll explain below how these incidents underscore the need for self-contained communications systems that work regardless of cell service or Wi-Fi. What Happened in Texas? National communications networks have [...]