How many computers are needed to register for assistance in disaster?

A locked computer.As the American public becomes increasingly reliant on communication and technology devices for daily activities, it is natural assumption that they will also use these devices during disasters. There are numerous examples in disasters where people rely on their cell phones for communication to others both in and out of the disaster area. During disaster, traditional means of communication become overwhelmed through the increase in usage according to the FCC. Even FEMA’s phone registration is overwhelmed during large disasters and FEMA encourages disaster victims to register online. Given the increase in demand to register people online and that technology corporations wanted to be involved, the DHS Office of Policy hosted conference call on September 16, 2008 to explore setting up “cyber pods” on Galveston Island following Hurricane Ike. This article explores just how many computers are needed to get the public registered with FEMA during disaster. Continue reading How many computers are needed to register for assistance in disaster?