Flawed emergency systems isolated rescue workers
The absence of an effective crisis communications system played into the chaos and mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. First responders found themselves isolated and unable to summon help for themselves or others. During Katrina, virtually every system failed: Internet communications, radio transmissions, cell phones, even backup gear such as satellite phones handed out by federal relief workers after the storm.
Many first responders died on 9/11 because of failed communications. The government vowed to fix the problem. Congress and the Bush administration pledged to rapidly upgrade the networks and implement national standards to make it easier for emergency workers to talk with one another during crises. But as Katrina rescue workers quickly discovered, emergency communications systems remain seriously flawed. Details from the Washington Post.
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