Recent events have made us aware that the potential for communications interruptions or blackouts is undoubtedly on the rise. What a lot of people are now realizing, unfortunately, is that access to certain communications platforms is not a right and is not guaranteed. Many people have recently become comfortable with using only a few platforms for the vast majority of their communications.
And in normal times, that's okay. But we must have contingency and backup plans for alternative means of communication. These times are anything but normal. While we certainly hope that Jan. 20th is peaceful tensions in the United States are running high. It would not be outside the realm of possibility for a communications blackout to occur on Inauguration Day.
Are you prepared for that possibility?
Pillar #5: Communications and Signaling
Today let's look at a specific pillar of The Seven Pillars of Urban Preparedness.
We advocate the growth of our Seven Pillars evenly and uniformly. What that means is not fixating on any one pillar to the detriment of the others. However, different pillars will come more into focus, as circumstances dictate.
We imagine, in the last few weeks, if not months, the medical and hygiene pillar has been of particular interest and concern for people. It has probably been the area hitting the hardest recently due to the basic message of the pandemic: wash your hands, keep your distance, etc.
But what I want to share today is our communications and signaling pillar.