On Developing Disaster Resilient Communications Infrastructure

A number of shortcomings on the national, state, regional, and local levels came to light after Hurricane Katrina struck the United States' Gulf Coast in 2005. During and immediately after the storm, emergency response was hindered by communications infrastructure destruction, which contributed to lags in recovery and rebuilding. The voluntary response of the United States' private sector to the disaster was vital, as evidenced in "The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned Report", which was compiled by the White House and also criticized the actions of some government agencies. The author discusses some of the United States' communications technology industry deployments used during Katrina recovery to re-establish communication lifelines. Recommendations to ensure flexible solutions for facilitation of timely communications infrastructure restoration in future disaster response operations are given, although positive outcome facilitation during Katrina is attributed to sheer luck. In addition to coastal inundations, recommendations can be used in recovery from terrorist acts, accidents, and other types of natural disasters.


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  • Accession Number: 01047292
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2007 11:33AM