posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 02:13 PM
I have worked a few disasters and I have to say it depends on the area affected . In Hurricane Andrew there was no communications for the average
citizen for at least two weeks. However those on the fringes of the disaster had their communications back up sooner and when they put up the portable
Cell towers it was wonderful. For those in the thick of the disaster they had no idea if the world had come to an end and they were alone for about
two weeks to fend for themselves as we worked our way in. Yes we could fly and spot pick people out but that didn't help everybody. The Hurricane was
like a massive tornado and it cut a path of destruction inland but we still had infrastructure to the North, West and some to the east which could
help support recovery efforts. Now lets say we have a regional disaster like California shaking off to the ocean, the needs will be astronomical,
there will be no quick response and the states surrounding California will not only be dealing with their own problems but they would not be able to
absorb the numbers needing help. So unlike Hurricane Andrew, their will not be an army of workers ready to put the lines back up and restore power.
The Cell towers will be useless and the portable ones will probably come from the edges of the disaster area in but that will not happen quickly. So,
no power, no phone, no water, limited food and medical needs beyond their capacity......this disaster will take years not weeks or months. You will
want to know whats happening, and what to expect.
As far as satellite phones.......during Haiti the satellites in space were tied up so bad for a long time they couldn't make a calls out or get one in
and again HAM radio operators from UTAH to Florida. became the only source of communications.
Ham Radio...needs a car battery, radio and wire...your on the air.....I even ran one up a flag pole and it worked just fine. Anyway...it's still a
good idea and these days it is easier then ever to get a radio and a license. You can do the studying online at QRZ .com
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