The one thing we know about people today is that when disaster strikes, we get on the phone. Communication has always been a critical part of handling a crisis. The bigger the crisis, the more communication is needed to cover the gaps in society crated by strife. Right now, the telecommunications industry is under a tremendous amount of pressure while holding up an incredible responsibility.
Telecommunications serve a vital role in times of crisis. In fact, they serve several vital roles:
Emergency Relief Coordination
The fist and most important thing telecommunications provides is emergency relief. With the communication network up, first-responders can stay in-touch, coordinate, deliver emergency services wherever they are needed. From fire trucks and ambulances to donated food, no matter the crisis, telecommunications are what brings the first-responders and relief teams together.
Helping Those Stranded to Reach Out for Aid
Telecommunications are also essential in connecting individuals in times of crisis. People who are trapped at home or even stranded in the wilderness can access the telecommunications network to reach out for help. Those quarantined in their homes, trapped in a structure, or lost away from home rely on telecommunications to connect them to much-needed help.
Spreading Vital Information to the Population
Depending on the crisis, it may be necessary to send out important safety information to the population at large. Through internet, television, radio, and phone calls, the organizations in charge can inform the citizens of what’s to come and how to stay safe. During earthquakes, these broadcasts are advice on how to take shelter. During the current pandemic, telecommunications have been essential in helping the masses determine how to stay safe and reduce infection spread.
Providing Digital Connection to Inaccessible Regions
Telecommunications can also go where vehicles can’t. If an area has been cut-off due to damage or bad weather on the road, often cell signal and buried communication lines can still make it out. Snowed-in towns, areas damaged by earthquakes, and islands isolated by rough seas can all stay in touch through telecommunications when they couldn’t be reached any other way.
Connecting Individuals To Each other
During a crisis, people tend to pull together. Families lean on each other and whole new communities form in response to facing the hardship together. While this can happen in neighbourhoods, recent events and cultural trends make telecommunications a central part of this banding-together. In the face of a crisis, people turn to social media and phone calls to provide each other support.
Maintaining Networks to Keep Businesses Open
However, telecommunication’s role in business is even more vital. Businesses today rely on the internet heavily to do their work and stay connected to customers. Some businesses are completely shut down without access to the telecommunications network, which is best evidenced in how well business is continuing with wireless internet, sans office environment. The telecommunications network is all that’s holding up many economies and everyday survival services during pandemic conditions.
Providing Swift Repairs Where Service Fails
Finally, the telecommunication industry’s role in keeping the network alive is absolutely essential. People, communities, and services need to stay connected. If one neighborhood’s service goes down, this affects hundreds to thousands of people. The impact is multiplied by how reliant our society truly is on internet and phone lines. So when a line breaks, it is telecom’s role to swiftly fix it before the cut-off has too negative an effect.
Telecommunications is, arguably, the most important single industry in crisis response because it allows response to happen. Through telecommunication, victims can reach out for help and emergency services can coordinate rescue. Communities can band together and businesses can keep the wheels of industry rolling. For more business tech and direction insights, contact us today!