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How Communications, Preparation and Willingness to Help Were Keys in Hurricane Crises

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    Better than Katrina

    The telecommunications network fared much better during Hurricane Harvey than previous disasters, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The department said that only 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites in Harvey’s path went out. That compares with more than 1,000 that were lost during Hurricane Katrina, according to Wired.

    Several reasons account for the better performance. Of course, the technology itself has evolved and networks have grown more resilient. In addition, during the dozen years between the events, procedures, such as deploying of portable generators, have grown more refined and more proactively implemented.

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How Communications, Preparation and Willingness to Help Were Keys in Hurricane Crises

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    Better than Katrina

    The telecommunications network fared much better during Hurricane Harvey than previous disasters, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The department said that only 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites in Harvey’s path went out. That compares with more than 1,000 that were lost during Hurricane Katrina, according to Wired.

    Several reasons account for the better performance. Of course, the technology itself has evolved and networks have grown more resilient. In addition, during the dozen years between the events, procedures, such as deploying of portable generators, have grown more refined and more proactively implemented.

The severity of the weather during the past month is startling. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are breathtaking examples that we are all at the mercy of Mother Nature, no matter how far technology has advanced.

But technology can help mitigate the worst of a storm’s impact, and it can save lives. This slideshow, put together mostly between the two devastating storms, shows how entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and selflessness can make things better, covering how organizations reacted and telecommunications products that helped.

If we can learn a major lesson, it’s that nothing is more important than planning ahead. What can be done once the winds start howling and the rain starts falling is limited. Lexography suggests that attention be paid to employee safety. Some crucial steps: Create a comprehensive emergency action plan, make sure employees are familiar with the plan, recognize both short-term and long-term dangers employees face, ensure that employees are trained, review regulations before assigning cleanup tasks, and assess the safety records of independent contractors hired for the cleanup.