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FEMA, first responders emphasize resilient, redundant communications ahead of storm season

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The internet is the most powerful tool for communication humanity has ever had at its fingertips. But during a natural disaster, it can also be the weakest link.

Phone, cable and fiber connections are all vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and floods. And wireless is only wireless on a local basis; once a signal hits the cell tower or the Wi-Fi router, data is relying on the same wired infrastructure for the rest of its journey.

Yet viable communications are necessary for disaster response efforts. That’s why FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan puts an emphasis on resiliency and redundancy for these systems.

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