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

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Communicating Off the Grid During Storms

Two realities: 1. Though networks are growing more robust, stable and reliable, they will never be impervious to bad weather. 2. Entrepreneurs fill needs as they occur.

One such entrepreneurial initiative aimed at network downtime is goTenna and goTenna Mesh. The technology enables people to create ad hoc networks. CEO Daniela Perdomo told The Washington Post that downloads of the app spiked after Hurricane Harvey and before Hurricane Irma.

The app, which is used by the military and disaster workers, can pair with a phone’s GPS and text using Bluetooth and create connections that cover four miles (though coverage is less depending upon terrain) if the telecom network crashes. The devices can also be used to create larger networks.

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.


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