Last week's storm, Sandy, left more than a million people without connectivity, or even electricity.
On September 11. 2001, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York put the largest stress on a telephone network ever. According to CNN Money’s David Goldman, in the article What O.J., Katrina, and 9/11 did to AT&T's network, “People from all over the country tried to contact relatives and friends, and placing calls to Washington and New York was a near-impossibility for much of the day. Virtually every point-to-point network connection in the country was overloaded.”
During Katrina in 2005, mobile networks were overwhelmed with phone calls in and out of New Orleans. Plus, the storm destroyed cell towers in and around New Orleans, greatly diminishing network availability.
Prevention and Recovery Planning
So how do we avoid overloading, or worse yet, completely losing connectivity in emergencies? And what about if electricity goes out? Not surprisingly, creating a plan helps:
Network recovery requires well-defined plans for:
For more information on keeping the lines of communication open during a network outage, see the Federal Communications Commission website, at http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/emergency-information/tips.html.mann