Has anyone heard how or if the Wireless Communications Infrastructure industry and the state offices of emergency services are going to start talking with each other? After the hurricanes this year, and the dropouts in wireless communications services, I'd think this would be a hot topic -- since most response efforts were severely hampered by lack of communications, and most victims didn't have the information they needed to get through the event or move to the appropriate evacuation areas quickly.
There could be some coordination with emergency services, that would help industry 'harden' some cell sites to ensure they continue operation throughout a disaster or event. Which sites should be hardened? Are there operational improvements that could extend a site's operation after the incident -- so communications are sustained throughout the initial days of recovery? What types of incentives could be created to encourage the additional expenses to harden the sites?
Would it be helpful for the state offices to know where other standing towers are -- in case they need to expand thier coverages in the future? What about emergency response and the placement of additional equipment -- could mutual aid agreements be crafted to allow emergency response agencies to temporarily install repeater or radio equipment on private towers to facilitate better communications through the response?
I'd like to find out if this is being discussed anywhere, and participate in that discussion if possible -- anyone have a lead? I've checked with a few state offices of emergency services, and found nothing -- apparently thier emergency planning functions don't include this kind of integration/coordination.