How Communications, Preparation and Willingness to Help Were Keys in Hurricane Crises
Better than Katrina
The telecommunications network fared much better during Hurricane Harvey than previous disasters, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The department said that only 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites in Harvey’s path went out. That compares with more than 1,000 that were lost during Hurricane Katrina, according to Wired.
Several reasons account for the better performance. Of course, the technology itself has evolved and networks have grown more resilient. In addition, during the dozen years between the events, procedures, such as deploying of portable generators, have grown more refined and more proactively implemented.