Twitter has launched Alerts, a feature that warns its users about emergencies and natural disasters when other communications services might be down
Makenzie Bossard's insight:
I think this is especially a good way to send out warning signals. There are so many people on twitter and everyone gets the alerts. This is a great idea so people can even spread the word on here by favoriting it or retweeting it.
Consider these two major worldwide trends: The global population is becoming increasingly concentrated in urban centers. Climate change is increasing the intensity of natural disasters, and thus probably making the damage they inflict worse.
Makenzie Bossard's insight:
I had no idea the U.S wasn't the top for natural disasters. I do agree with what this is saying though. I think the worlds population is getting a lot bigger therefor a lot more natural disasters.
I thought this was very interesting because I didn't really know what and how the survivors of natural disaters actually felt. I knew that they would be hurt, but I didnt know how much, this article really explains how much people are affected emotionally.
I think these mobile divices are everywhere and are good and its what all of the world needs. If someone sees something coming they can just pull out their handy dandy mobile divice and use it to contact someone they know. It can also give people warning and time to leave.
I scooped this because I thought that is is amazing that, with the tecnology we have, can find people that are still alive under rubble. Even though its not out there yet, their testing it and I'm sure it will come in handy when we have terrible natural disasters.
August 29 will be the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm that left a level of devastation and death in the Gulf Coast that horrified our nation. Soon after the storm in 2005 there was an open debate about whether it was smart to rebuild in cities such as New Orleans, where the cost to build back the city’s defenses against future storms was great due to the natural terrain and the level of technology needed to do the job. Residents had to choose if they would return to their homes and invest in making their communities whole again, or simply start over in a new town where the prospects where better.
This decision is not unlike what communities faced following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the New York and New Jersey coast in 2012. In both instances, residents decided that their community was “stronger than the storm” and that they would restore their communities back to a place that worked for all its people and businesses.
Now the FCC faces a similar decision. After all previous natural disasters, such as Katrina, telecom and communications companies worked with the FCC to establish an understanding that they would, given adequate time by the agency, build back the parts of their network that had been destroyed in the disaster. Building out communications networks is expensive, time-consuming work and so the FCC set up a system under section 214(a) of the Communications Act for phone companies to ask for that needed time and flexibility.
Hurricane Sandy was the first time when a company, in this instance Verizon, has said they will not build back their old network, but instead deploy a different service. Public Knowledge has detailed how Verizon’s substitute, VoiceLink, is not comparable to the quality of service in its old copper network.
On August 19, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force released a report which provided 69 policy recommendations to help with the regional rebuilding effort and ensure communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms.
However, none of the recommendations in this report provide guidance or expectation as to how to rebuild communications networks and with what level of service.
In the meantime, we are in the middle of a new hurricane season and so far the United States has been fortunate not to have been hit by a serious storm. In recent months however, wildfires have ravaged western states and the Midwest has seen fierce tornados and annual flooding. Consumers deserve to know that when disasters occur and they are faced with the choice of rebuilding their community or starting over elsewhere, that the agency charged with protecting their access to communications networks has a plan for dealing with loss of services and network restoration.
I think its great that we have rebuilding efforts here in the U.S. especally with all the communication networks. I think its also a good idea that the communtiy that is and or was hit by the disaster gets to choose wheither they rebuild or not.
Our planet has been tearing itself apart for billions of years – a giant tug of war between continents that creates and destroys mountains, canyons and coastlines. Liquid rock has blasted its way to the surface, generating ...
Makenzie Bossard's insight:
This is a great article if you want to know about the natural disasters from the earlier times in the 1800's even. I didn't know almost over half of the things happened and its amazing how they look like today, like it never even happened.
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