Can Our Cities Cope with Crisis?

After Katrina and September 11, the inadequacies of disaster-response communications are apparent. Fortunately, some solutions are, too

On August 31, 2005, with New Orleans in chaos and in dire need of outside help, I and other city personnel had to scrounge for any communications connection to the rest of world. Hundreds of cell towers were blown down, and the entire ground-based telecommunications infrastructure was largely destroyed and underwater. The only way we were finally able to connect to the outside world was through one single Cisco (CSCO) router left in the ruins of a looted office store.

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