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About Disasters and that Original Wireless Network: Radio


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

For those of us who "remember when" but have evolved with the technology, here's an interesting piece from AdAge Sandy Brings Back Prime Time for Original Wireless Network: Radio :

For the nearly 5 million households muddling through a fourth day without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there's really only one medium that matters, and that's radio.

It's an incongruous feeling, in an era of status updates and hashtags, how quickly and how easily the tools that revolutionized communications -- indeed, even fomented revolution -- simply go poof! And what remains is a version of 1932: families gathered around the radio, waiting for a bit of information on where to go or what to do next.

That's the reality this week for millions of residents of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Websites went down and laptop charges ran down in hours. But most radio towers are built to withstand hurricane-force winds and have generator backups with 8 to 10 days of fuel on hand. And if your radio's batteries die, you can buy new ones at the store.

My brother-in-law and his wife were in this position for a couple of days - not even any phone service.:eek2:

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