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Natural Disaster Communications – The essential factor before, during and after

Social View

Social Media, Relationships Boost Emergency Communications

New media platforms have dramatically changed the dynamics of communications in natural disaster situations, creating both challenges and opportunities.

With: M. L. Doerfel, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication, Rutgers University

Economic View

Harris County: Investing in Communications to Protect Millions of Texans

Encompassing Houston, the fourth largest USA city, Harris County set up long-term strategic plan for ICT to better protect life, property and the local economy in the face of natural disasters.

With: M. Sloan, Emergency Management Coordinator, Harris County, Texas

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December 2013 - Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis... natural disasters happen everywhere around the world and every time, they disrupt lives, livelihoods, economies and political systems. They turn life upside down, impacting everything that makes society work. Yet no matter how dire the situation becomes without exception the communication network infrastructure needs to stay operational. It is the essential, central factor for enabling the response and recovery a battered region will require to get back on its feet.

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Agency VIEW

Emergency ICT Comes Through for Calgary during Flood Crisis

Facing catastrophic flooding, Calgary, Alberta switched its 32 business units to a new IP/MPLS-based communications system in a matter of hours.

With: H. Reed-Fenske, Manager of Innovation and Collaboration and David Basto, Vin Bhola, and Sylvain Mayer, of the Calgary City Net (CCN) project team

Expert View

Interoperability, Flexibility Essential for ICT during Natural Disasters

In emergency situations, to successfully coordinate multiple agencies and their missions a highly resilient network is required - secure, reliable, flexible, and interoperable - allowing emergency managers to make better decisions that support their responding organizations.

With: S. Jennings, Executive Director, Public Safety, Alcatel-Lucent