Are You Aware of the Limitations?
Has your community or organization considered using a mobile phone or landline based warning system? Do you currently employ such a system? Especially, as the only means for mass notification? If so, please take a moment to consider the points recently written by a journalist who has spent 20 years reporting in the field of technology and government, John Breeden II.
The article recounts his experience at a large event when he could not count on his cell phone to communicate with loved ones. He writes, “With that many people in one spot, data and text also were getting blocked. I eventually started getting texts from friends, but they were all coming in between one and three hours late.” He goes on to say, “when an emergency happens, even a minor one like the 2011 D.C. earthquake, what do people do? They take out their cellphones, call loved ones, snap pictures and video for posting or try to get information about what is going on. When 100 percent of the people in an area suddenly try to use their phones, it’s going to overload the system, like what happened during and just after the quake.” Just take a moment to think about not being able to warn your population of impending danger. John Breeden, II, does summarizes his position well, “Cellphone technology is amazing, but it has its limitations.” This is exactly why our communities should not solely rely on a phone based system; or on one system alone.
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Full article by John Breeden, II, here.